Earnings Not Telling The Story For Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC (ADX:DHAFRA) After Shares Rise 32%

The Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC (ADX:DHAFRA) share price has done very well over the last month, posting an excellent gain of 32%. Unfortunately, despite the strong performance over the last month, the full year gain of 7.4% isn’t as attractive.

Even after such a large jump in price, it’s still not a stretch to say that Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC’s price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 14x right now seems quite “middle-of-the-road ” compared to the market in the United Arab Emirates, where the median P/E ratio is around 14x. However, investors might be overlooking a clear opportunity or potential setback if there is no rational basis for the P/E.

With earnings growth that’s exceedingly strong of late, Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC has been doing very well. It might be that many expect the strong earnings performance to wane, which has kept the P/E from rising. If that doesn’t eventuate, then existing shareholders have reason to be feeling optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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What Are Growth Metrics Tell Us About The P/E?

Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC’s P/E ratio would be typical for a company that’s only expected to deliver moderate growth, and importantly, perform in line with the market.

If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 80%. Despite this strong recent growth, it’s still struggling to catch up as its three-year EPS frustratingly shrank by 25% overall. So unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that the company has not done a great job of growing earnings over that time.

Weighing that medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market’s one-year forecast for expansion of 1.2% shows it’s an unpleasant look.

In light of this, it’s somewhat alarming that Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC’s P/E sits in line with the majority of other companies. Apparently many investors in the company are way less bearish than recent times would indicate and aren’t willing to let go of their stock right now. There’s a 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 Key Takeaway

Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC appears to be back in favor with a solid price jump getting its P/E back in line with most other companies. 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.

Our examination of Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC revealed its shrinking earnings over the medium-term aren’t impacting its P/E as much as we would have predicted, given the market is set to grow. Right now we are uncomfortable with the P/E as this earnings performance is unlikely to support a more positive sentiment for long. If recent medium-term earnings trends continue, it will place shareholders’ investments at risk and potential investors in danger of paying an unnecessary premium.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Al Dhafra Insurance Company PSC you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.

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