Some Confidence Is Lacking In Keppel Infrastructure Trust's (SGX:A7RU) P/S

Simply Wall St ·  May 22 08:16

It's not a stretch to say that Keppel Infrastructure Trust's (SGX:A7RU) price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 1.2x right now seems quite "middle-of-the-road" for companies in the Chemicals industry in Singapore, where the median P/S ratio is around 0.8x. While this might not raise any eyebrows, if the P/S ratio is not justified investors could be missing out on a potential opportunity or ignoring looming disappointment.

SGX:A7RU Price to Sales Ratio vs Industry May 22nd 2024

How Has Keppel Infrastructure Trust Performed Recently?

Recent times have been pleasing for Keppel Infrastructure Trust as its revenue has risen in spite of the industry's average revenue going into reverse. It might be that many expect the strong revenue performance to deteriorate like the rest, which has kept the P/S ratio from rising. Those who are bullish on Keppel Infrastructure Trust will be hoping that this isn't the case, so that they can pick up the stock at a slightly lower valuation.

Keen to find out how analysts think Keppel Infrastructure Trust's future stacks up against the industry? In that case, our free report is a great place to start.

Do Revenue Forecasts Match The P/S Ratio?

There's an inherent assumption that a company should be matching the industry for P/S ratios like Keppel Infrastructure Trust's to be considered reasonable.

Taking a look back first, we see that the company managed to grow revenues by a handy 2.9% last year. Pleasingly, revenue has also lifted 37% in aggregate from three years ago, partly thanks to the last 12 months of growth. So we can start by confirming that the company has done a great job of growing revenues over that time.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should bring diminished returns, with revenue decreasing 0.4% as estimated by the only analyst watching the company. With the industry predicted to deliver 15% growth, that's a disappointing outcome.

With this information, we find it concerning that Keppel Infrastructure Trust is trading at a fairly similar P/S compared to the industry. Apparently many investors in the company reject the analyst cohort's pessimism and aren't willing to let go of their stock right now. There's a good chance these shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/S falls to levels more in line with the negative growth outlook.

The Key Takeaway

We'd say the price-to-sales ratio's power isn't primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.

Our check of Keppel Infrastructure Trust's analyst forecasts revealed that its outlook for shrinking revenue isn't bringing down its P/S as much as we would have predicted. With this in mind, we don't feel the current P/S is justified as declining revenues are unlikely to support a more positive sentiment for long. If the declining revenues were to materialize in the form of a declining share price, shareholders will be feeling the pinch.

There are also other vital risk factors to consider before investing and we've discovered 2 warning signs for Keppel Infrastructure Trust that you should be aware of.

It's important to make sure you look for a great company, not just the first idea you come across. So if growing profitability aligns with your idea of a great company, take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with strong recent earnings growth (and a low P/E).

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