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There’s No Escaping Repco Home Finance Limited’s (NSE:REPCOHOME) Muted Earnings Despite A 26% Share Price Rise

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Repco Home Finance Limited (NSE:REPCOHOME) shareholders have had their patience rewarded with a 26% share price jump in the last month. The last 30 days bring the annual gain to a very sharp 72%.

In spite of the firm bounce in price, given about half the companies in India have price-to-earnings ratios (or “P/E’s”) above 35x, you may still consider Repco Home Finance as a highly attractive investment with its 8.3x P/E ratio. Nonetheless, we’d need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/E.

With earnings growth that’s superior to most other companies of late, Repco Home Finance has been doing relatively well. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings performance might be less impressive moving forward. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

See our latest analysis for Repco Home Finance

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NSEI:REPCOHOME Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry July 5th 2024

Keen to find out how analysts think Repco Home Finance’s future stacks up against the industry? In that case, our free report is a great place to start.

Is There Any Growth For Repco Home Finance?

There’s an inherent assumption that a company should far underperform the market for P/E ratios like Repco Home Finance’s to be considered reasonable.

If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 32%. The latest three year period has also seen an excellent 39% overall rise in EPS, aided by its short-term performance. So we can start by confirming that the company has done a great job of growing earnings over that time.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should bring diminished returns, with earnings decreasing 2.9% as estimated by the seven analysts watching the company. That’s not great when the rest of the market is expected to grow by 25%.

In light of this, it’s understandable that Repco Home Finance’s P/E would sit below the majority of other companies. Nonetheless, there’s no guarantee the P/E has reached a floor yet with earnings going in reverse. Even just maintaining these prices could be difficult to achieve as the weak outlook is weighing down the shares.

The Bottom Line On Repco Home Finance’s P/E

Shares in Repco Home Finance are going to need a lot more upward momentum to get the company’s P/E out of its slump. 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.

As we suspected, our examination of Repco Home Finance’s analyst forecasts revealed that its outlook for shrinking earnings is contributing to its low P/E. 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 2 warning signs for Repco Home Finance you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit unpleasant.

You might be able to find a better investment than Repco Home Finance. 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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Valuation is complex, but we’re helping make it simple.

Find out whether Repco Home Finance is potentially over or undervalued by checking out our comprehensive analysis, which includes fair value estimates, risks and warnings, dividends, insider transactions and financial health.

View the Free Analysis

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email [email protected]

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