Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:301020) Shares Climb 45% But Its Business Is Yet to Catch Up

Simply Wall St ·  Mar 22 22:39

Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE:301020) shareholders are no doubt pleased to see that the share price has bounced 45% in the last month, although it is still struggling to make up recently lost ground. Unfortunately, despite the strong performance over the last month, the full year gain of 8.9% isn't as attractive.

Following the firm bounce in price, Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology may be sending bearish signals at the moment with its price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 42.1x, since almost half of all companies in China have P/E ratios under 31x and even P/E's lower than 19x 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.

Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology has been doing a good job lately as it's been growing earnings at a solid pace. It might be that many expect the respectable earnings performance to beat most other companies over the coming period, which has increased investors' willingness to pay up for the stock. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

SZSE:301020 Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry March 23rd 2024
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What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The High P/E?

The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/E as high as Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology's is when the company's growth is on track to outshine the market.

If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a worthy increase of 11%. Still, lamentably EPS has fallen 46% in aggregate from three years ago, which is disappointing. Therefore, it's fair to say the earnings growth recently has been undesirable for the company.

In contrast to the company, the rest of the market is expected to grow by 39% over the next year, which really puts the company's recent medium-term earnings decline into perspective.

In light of this, it's alarming that Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology's P/E sits above the majority of other companies. 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 very good chance existing shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/E falls to levels more in line with the recent negative growth rates.

The Bottom Line On Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology's P/E

The large bounce in Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology's shares has lifted the company's P/E to a fairly high level. It's argued the price-to-earnings ratio is an inferior measure of value within certain industries, but it can be a powerful business sentiment indicator.

Our examination of Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology revealed its shrinking earnings over the medium-term aren't impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted, given the market is set to grow. Right now we are increasingly uncomfortable with the high P/E as this earnings performance is highly unlikely to support such positive sentiment for long. If recent medium-term earnings trends continue, it will place shareholders' investments at significant risk and potential investors in danger of paying an excessive premium.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we've spotted 3 warning signs for Yantai Ishikawa Sealing Technology you should be aware of, and 2 of them can't be ignored.

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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