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Investors see no light at the end of Zhejiang China Commodities City Group Co., Ltd.’s tunnel. (SHSE:600415)

Zhejiang China Commodities City Group Co., Ltd (SHSE:600415), its price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 22.1x could make it look like a buy compared to the market in China, where about half of companies have price-to-earnings ratios higher is then 32x and even price-earnings ratios above 60x are quite common. Nevertheless, we need to dig a little deeper to determine whether there is a rational basis for the lower price-to-earnings ratio.

Recent times have been good for Zhejiang China Commodities City Group, as profits have grown faster than most other companies. One possibility is that the price-to-earnings ratio is low because investors think this strong earnings performance may be less impressive in the future. If not, existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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SHSE:600415 Price-to-earnings ratio versus sector May 6, 2024

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What do growth figures tell us about the low price-earnings ratio?

The only time you’ll really feel comfortable with a price-to-earnings ratio as low as Zhejiang China Commodities City Group’s is when the company’s growth is on track to lag the market.

Looking back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by a whopping 33% last year. Over the past three years, earnings per share have also grown an excellent 108%, helped by short-term performance. Therefore, it’s fair to say that earnings growth has been excellent for the company recently.

In terms of prospects, the next three years should generate growth of 20% per year, as estimated by the eight analysts covering the company. With the market expected to grow at 24% per year, the company is positioned for a weaker earnings performance.

With this information, we can see why Zhejiang China Commodities City Group is trading at a lower than market price-to-earnings ratio. It seems that most investors expect limited future growth and are only willing to pay a lower amount for the stock.

The last word

It is argued that the price-to-earnings ratio is an inferior measure of value within certain sectors, but that it can be a powerful indicator of business confidence.

As we suspected, our review of Zhejiang China Commodities City Group’s analyst forecasts found that lower earnings prospects are contributing to the low price-to-earnings ratio. At this stage, investors believe that the potential for an improvement in earnings is not great enough to justify a higher price-to-earnings ratio. Unless these conditions improve, they will continue to be a barrier to the stock price around these levels.

You should always consider risks, for example – Zhejiang China Commodities City Group has two warning signs we believe you should be aware of this.

Naturally, You may also be able to find a better stock than Zhejiang China Commodities City Group. So you might want to see this free collection of other companies that have reasonable price-to-earnings ratios and have grown profits strongly.

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