Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Company Limited's (SHSE:601717) Low P/E No Reason For Excitement

Simply Wall St ·  Jan 27 10:37

With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 7.9x Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Company Limited (SHSE:601717) may be sending very bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in China have P/E ratios greater than 32x and even P/E's higher than 58x are not unusual. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/E.

Recent times have been pleasing for Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group as its earnings have risen in spite of the market's earnings going into reverse. It might be that many expect the strong earnings performance to degrade substantially, possibly more than the market, which has repressed the P/E. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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SHSE:601717 Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry January 27th 2024
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Does Growth Match The Low P/E?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group would need to produce anemic growth that's substantially trailing the market.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 29% gain to the company's bottom line. The latest three year period has also seen an excellent 148% overall rise in EPS, aided by its short-term performance. Accordingly, shareholders would have probably welcomed those medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Looking ahead now, EPS is anticipated to climb by 20% during the coming year according to the three analysts following the company. That's shaping up to be materially lower than the 42% growth forecast for the broader market.

With this information, we can see why Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group is trading at a P/E lower than the market. It seems most investors are expecting to see limited future growth and are only willing to pay a reduced amount for the stock.

The Bottom Line On Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group's P/E

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 Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group maintains its low P/E on the weakness of its forecast growth being lower than the wider market, as expected. At this stage investors feel the potential for an improvement in earnings isn't great enough to justify a higher P/E ratio. It's hard to see the share price rising strongly in the near future under these circumstances.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we've spotted 1 warning sign for Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group you should be aware of.

You might be able to find a better investment than Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group. If you want a selection of possible candidates, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a low P/E (but have proven they can grow earnings).

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