Take Care Before Diving Into The Deep End On Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad (KLSE:OFI)

It's not a stretch to say that Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's (KLSE:OFI) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 12.8x right now seems quite "middle-of-the-road" compared to the market in Malaysia, 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, Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad has been doing very well. The P/E is probably moderate because investors think this strong earnings growth might not be enough to outperform the broader market in the near future. 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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How Is Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's Growth Trending?

The only time you'd be comfortable seeing a P/E like Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's is when the company's growth is tracking the market closely.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 47% gain to the company's bottom line. Pleasingly, EPS has also lifted 98% in aggregate from three years ago, thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Therefore, it's fair to say the earnings growth recently has been superb for the company.

Weighing that recent medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market's one-year forecast for expansion of 9.2% shows it's noticeably more attractive on an annualised basis.

In light of this, it's curious that Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad's P/E sits in line with the majority of other companies. It may be that most investors are not convinced the company can maintain its recent growth rates.

The Key Takeaway

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 Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad currently trades on a lower than expected P/E since its recent three-year growth is higher than the wider market forecast. There could be some unobserved threats to earnings preventing the P/E ratio from matching this positive performance. It appears some are indeed anticipating earnings instability, because the persistence of these recent medium-term conditions would normally provide a boost to the share price.

Before you settle on your opinion, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Oriental Food Industries Holdings Berhad that you should be aware of.

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