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A Piece Of The Puzzle Missing From TD SYNNEX Corporation's (NYSE:SNX) Share Price

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TD SYNNEX Corporation's (NYSE:SNX) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 14.4x might make it look like a buy right now compared to the market in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios above 17x and even P/E's above 32x are quite common. However, the P/E might be low for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

With its earnings growth in positive territory compared to the declining earnings of most other companies, TD SYNNEX has been doing quite well of late. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think the company's earnings are going to fall away like everyone else's soon. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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NYSE:SNX Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry January 4th 2024
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What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The Low P/E?

TD SYNNEX's P/E ratio would be typical for a company that's only expected to deliver limited growth, and importantly, perform worse than the market.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 22% gain to the company's bottom line. Still, EPS has barely risen at all from three years ago in total, which is not ideal. Accordingly, shareholders probably wouldn't have been overly satisfied with the unstable medium-term growth rates.

Shifting to the future, estimates from the eleven analysts covering the company suggest earnings should grow by 20% over the next year. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 10%, which is noticeably less attractive.

With this information, we find it odd that TD SYNNEX is trading at a P/E lower than the market. Apparently some shareholders are doubtful of the forecasts and have been accepting significantly lower selling prices.

The Key Takeaway

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.

Our examination of TD SYNNEX's analyst forecasts revealed that its superior earnings outlook isn't contributing to its P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted. When we see a strong earnings outlook with faster-than-market growth, we assume potential risks are what might be placing significant pressure on the P/E ratio. It appears many are indeed anticipating earnings instability, because these conditions should normally provide a boost to the share price.

Having said that, be aware TD SYNNEX is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, you should know about.

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