Yuk Wing Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1536) shares have had a horrible month, losing 31% after a relatively good period beforehand. The drop over the last 30 days has capped off a tough year for shareholders, with the share price down 33% in that time.
Although its price has dipped substantially, there still wouldn't be many who think Yuk Wing Group Holdings' price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 0.3x is worth a mention when the median P/S in Hong Kong's Machinery industry is similar at about 0.6x. However, investors might be overlooking a clear opportunity or potential setback if there is no rational basis for the P/S.
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What Does Yuk Wing Group Holdings' P/S Mean For Shareholders?
Revenue has risen firmly for Yuk Wing Group Holdings recently, which is pleasing to see. Perhaps the market is expecting future revenue performance to only keep up with the broader industry, which has keeping the P/S in line with expectations. If that doesn't eventuate, then existing shareholders probably aren't too pessimistic about the future direction of the share price.Want the full picture on earnings, revenue and cash flow for the company? Then our free report on Yuk Wing Group Holdings will help you shine a light on its historical performance.
How Is Yuk Wing Group Holdings' Revenue Growth Trending?
The only time you'd be comfortable seeing a P/S like Yuk Wing Group Holdings' is when the company's growth is tracking the industry closely.
Retrospectively, the last year delivered a decent 11% gain to the company's revenues. Still, lamentably revenue has fallen 12% in aggregate from three years ago, which is disappointing. Therefore, it's fair to say the revenue growth recently has been undesirable for the company.
Weighing that medium-term revenue trajectory against the broader industry's one-year forecast for expansion of 14% shows it's an unpleasant look.
With this information, we find it concerning that Yuk Wing Group Holdings is trading at a fairly similar P/S compared to the industry. It seems most investors are ignoring the recent poor growth rate 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/S falls to levels more in line with the recent negative growth rates.
What We Can Learn From Yuk Wing Group Holdings' P/S?
Yuk Wing Group Holdings' plummeting stock price has brought its P/S back to a similar region as the rest of the industry. Using the price-to-sales ratio alone to determine if you should sell your stock isn't sensible, however it can be a practical guide to the company's future prospects.
The fact that Yuk Wing Group Holdings currently trades at a P/S on par with the rest of the industry is surprising to us since its recent revenues have been in decline over the medium-term, all while the industry is set to grow. When we see revenue heading backwards in the context of growing industry forecasts, it'd make sense to expect a possible share price decline on the horizon, sending the moderate P/S lower. If recent medium-term revenue trends continue, it will place shareholders' investments at risk and potential investors in danger of paying an unnecessary premium.
It is also worth noting that we have found 3 warning signs for Yuk Wing Group Holdings (2 make us uncomfortable!) that you need to take into consideration.
Of course, profitable companies with a history of great earnings growth are generally safer bets. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have reasonable P/E ratios and have grown earnings strongly.
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