Investors Give Zhejiang Hailide New Material Co.,Ltd (SZSE:002206) Shares A 28% Hiding

Simply Wall St ·  Feb 5 17:32

To the annoyance of some shareholders, Zhejiang Hailide New Material Co.,Ltd (SZSE:002206) shares are down a considerable 28% in the last month, which continues a horrid run for the company. The drop over the last 30 days has capped off a tough year for shareholders, with the share price down 46% in that time.

Following the heavy fall in price, Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd may be sending very bullish signals at the moment with its price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 12.3x, since almost half of all companies in China have P/E ratios greater than 27x and even P/E's higher than 48x are not unusual. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/E at face value as there may be an explanation why it's so limited.

With earnings that are retreating more than the market's of late, Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd has been very sluggish. It seems that many are expecting the dismal earnings performance to persist, which has repressed the P/E. You'd much rather the company wasn't bleeding earnings if you still believe in the business. Or at the very least, you'd be hoping the earnings slide doesn't get any worse if your plan is to pick up some stock while it's out of favour.

SZSE:002206 Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry February 5th 2024
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How Is Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd's Growth Trending?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd would need to produce anemic growth that's substantially trailing 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 22%. However, a few very strong years before that means that it was still able to grow EPS by an impressive 45% in total over the last three years. Accordingly, while they would have preferred to keep the run going, shareholders would probably welcome the medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Looking ahead now, EPS is anticipated to climb by 72% during the coming year according to the one analyst following the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 41%, which is noticeably less attractive.

With this information, we find it odd that Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd 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

Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd's P/E looks about as weak as its stock price lately. We'd say the price-to-earnings ratio's power isn't primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.

We've established that Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd currently trades on a much lower than expected P/E since its forecast growth is higher than the wider market. There could be some major unobserved threats to earnings preventing the P/E ratio from matching the positive outlook. At least price risks look to be very low, but investors seem to think future earnings could see a lot of volatility.

You always need to take note of risks, for example - Zhejiang Hailide New MaterialLtd has 1 warning sign we think 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 low P/E.

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