To the annoyance of some shareholders, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent Technology Co.,Ltd. (SZSE:300882) shares are down a considerable 26% in the last month, which continues a horrid run for the company. Instead of being rewarded, shareholders who have already held through the last twelve months are now sitting on a 28% share price drop.
In spite of the heavy fall in price, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd may still be sending bearish signals at the moment with its price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 35.1x, since almost half of all companies in China have P/E ratios under 27x and even P/E's lower than 16x are not unusual. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the elevated P/E.
For instance, Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's receding earnings in recent times would have to be some food for thought. One possibility is that the P/E is high because investors think the company will still do enough to outperform the broader market in the near future. If not, then existing shareholders may be quite nervous about the viability of the share price.
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Does Growth Match The High P/E?
Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's P/E ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver solid growth, and importantly, perform better than the market.
Taking a look back first, the company's earnings per share growth last year wasn't something to get excited about as it posted a disappointing decline of 40%. As a result, earnings from three years ago have also fallen 24% overall. Accordingly, shareholders would have felt downbeat about the medium-term rates of earnings growth.
Weighing that medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market's one-year forecast for expansion of 35% shows it's an unpleasant look.
With this information, we find it concerning that Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd is trading at a P/E higher than the market. Apparently many investors in the company are way more bullish than recent times would indicate and aren't willing to let go of their stock at any price. Only the boldest would assume these prices are sustainable as a continuation of recent earnings trends is likely to weigh heavily on the share price eventually.
What We Can Learn From Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's P/E?
Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd's P/E hasn't come down all the way after its stock plunged. 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.
We've established that Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd currently trades on a much higher than expected P/E since its recent earnings have been in decline over the medium-term. When we see earnings heading backwards and underperforming the market forecasts, 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.
Having said that, be aware Zhejiang Wellsun Intelligent TechnologyLtd is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is potentially serious.
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