Orian Sh.M. Ltd.’s (TLV:ORIN) price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 14.6x might make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in Israel, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 9x and even P/E’s below 5x are quite common. 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 quite advantageous for Orian Sh.M as its earnings have been rising very briskly. It seems that many are expecting the strong earnings performance to beat most other companies over the coming period, which has increased investors’ willingness to pay up for the stock. If not, then existing shareholders might be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.
Our analysis indicates that ORIN is potentially overvalued!
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What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The High P/E?
There’s an inherent assumption that a company should far outperform the market for P/E ratios like Orian Sh.M’s to be considered reasonable.
Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by an impressive 104% last year. 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.
Weighing that recent medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market’s one-year forecast for expansion of 18% shows it’s noticeably less attractive on an annualized basis.
In light of this, it’s alarming that Orian Sh.M’s P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are ignoring the fairly limited recent growth rates and are hoping for a turnaround in the company’s business prospects. There’s a good chance existing shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/E falls to levels more in line with recent growth rates.
The Bottom Line On Orian Sh.M’s P/E
While the price-to-earnings ratio shouldn’t be the defining factor in whether you buy a stock or not, it’s quite a capable barometer of earnings expectations.
We’ve established that Orian Sh.M currently trades on a much higher than expected P/E since its recent three-year growth is lower than the wider market forecast. When we see weak earnings with slower than market growth, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the high P/E lower. Unless the recent medium-term conditions improve markedly, it’s very challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.
Plus, you should also learn about these 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Orian Sh.M (including 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable).
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