What You Can Learn From Arko Corp.'s (NASDAQ:ARKO) P/E

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 30, 2021
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With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 38.1x Arko Corp. (NASDAQ:ARKO) may be sending very bearish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in the United States have P/E ratios under 16x and even P/E's lower than 9x are not unusual. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

Recent times have been advantageous for Arko as its earnings have been rising faster than most other companies. It seems that many are expecting the strong earnings performance to persist, which has raised the P/E. If not, then existing shareholders might be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.

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NasdaqCM:ARKO Price Based on Past Earnings December 1st 2021
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How Is Arko's Growth Trending?

There's an inherent assumption that a company should far outperform the market for P/E ratios like Arko's to be considered reasonable.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 75% gain to the company's bottom line. The strong recent performance means it was also able to grow EPS by 1,642% in total over the last three years. Accordingly, shareholders would have probably welcomed those medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Turning to the outlook, the next three years should generate growth of 36% each year as estimated by the four analysts watching the company. With the market only predicted to deliver 12% per annum, the company is positioned for a stronger earnings result.

In light of this, it's understandable that Arko's P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are expecting this strong future growth and are willing to pay more for the stock.

What We Can Learn From Arko's P/E?

Generally, our preference is to limit the use of the price-to-earnings ratio to establishing what the market thinks about the overall health of a company.

As we suspected, our examination of Arko's analyst forecasts revealed that its superior earnings outlook is contributing to its high P/E. At this stage investors feel the potential for a deterioration in earnings isn't great enough to justify a lower P/E ratio. Unless these conditions change, they will continue to provide strong support to the share price.

Don't forget that there may be other risks. For instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for Arko that you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with a strong growth track record, trading on a P/E below 20x.

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