Earnings Not Telling The Story For IRIS Business Services Limited (NSE:IRIS) After Shares Rise 26%

Earnings Not Telling The Story For IRIS Business Services Limited (NSE:IRIS) After Shares Rise 26%

IRIS Business Services Limited (NSE:IRIS) shares have continued their recent momentum with a 26% gain in the last month alone. The annual gain comes to 180% following the latest surge, making investors sit up and take notice.

After such a large jump in price, IRIS Business Services’ price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 49.9x might make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in India, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 31x and even P/E’s below 18x are quite common. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it’s justified.

Recent times have been quite advantageous for IRIS Business Services as its earnings have been rising very briskly. The P/E is probably high because investors think this strong earnings growth will be enough to outperform the broader market in the near future. If not, then existing shareholders might be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.

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Earnings Not Telling The Story For IRIS Business Services Limited (NSE:IRIS) After Shares Rise 26%
NSEI:IRIS Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry June 15th 2024

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How Is IRIS Business Services’ Growth Trending?

IRIS Business Services’ P/E ratio would be typical for a company that’s expected to deliver very strong growth, and importantly, perform much better than the market.

Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by an impressive 102% last year. Pleasingly, EPS has also lifted 99% in aggregate from three years ago, thanks to the last 12 months of growth. So we can start by confirming that the company has done a great job of growing earnings over that time.

Weighing that recent medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market’s one-year forecast for expansion of 25% shows it’s about the same on an annualised basis.

In light of this, it’s curious that IRIS Business Services’ P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are ignoring the fairly average recent growth rates and are willing to pay up for exposure to the stock. Although, additional gains will be difficult to achieve as a continuation of recent earnings trends would weigh down the share price eventually.

The Bottom Line On IRIS Business Services’ P/E

Shares in IRIS Business Services have built up some good momentum lately, which has really inflated its P/E. Generally, our preference is to limit the use of the price-to-earnings ratio to establishing what the market thinks about the overall health of a company.

Our examination of IRIS Business Services revealed its three-year earnings trends aren’t impacting its high P/E as much as we would have predicted, given they look similar to current market expectations. Right now we are uncomfortable with the high P/E as this earnings performance isn’t likely to support such 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.

Plus, you should also learn about these 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with IRIS Business Services.

Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than IRIS Business Services. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have reasonable P/E ratios and have grown earnings strongly.

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Find out whether IRIS Business Services 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.

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