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Earnings Working Against GIEAG Immobilien AG's (ETR:2GI) Share Price

With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 2.7x GIEAG Immobilien AG (ETR:2GI) may be sending very bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in Germany have P/E ratios greater than 17x and even P/E's higher than 33x are not unusual. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/E at face value as there may be an explanation why it's so limited.

Recent times have been quite advantageous for GIEAG Immobilien as its earnings have been rising very briskly. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings growth might actually underperform the broader market in the near future. If that doesn't eventuate, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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Does Growth Match The Low P/E?

There's an inherent assumption that a company should far underperform the market for P/E ratios like GIEAG Immobilien's to be considered reasonable.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 62% gain to the company's bottom line. However, this wasn't enough as the latest three year period has seen a very unpleasant 32% drop in EPS in aggregate. Accordingly, shareholders would have felt downbeat about the medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Weighing that medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market's one-year forecast for expansion of 5.6% shows it's an unpleasant look.

In light of this, it's understandable that GIEAG Immobilien'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. There's potential for the P/E to fall to even lower levels if the company doesn't improve its profitability.

The Final Word

While the price-to-earnings ratio shouldn't be the defining factor in whether you buy a stock or not, it's quite a capable barometer of earnings expectations.

As we suspected, our examination of GIEAG Immobilien revealed its shrinking earnings over the medium-term are contributing to its low P/E, given the market is set to grow. Right now shareholders are accepting the low P/E as they concede future earnings probably won't provide any pleasant surprises. Unless the recent medium-term conditions improve, they will continue to form a barrier for the share price around these levels.

And what about other risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for GIEAG Immobilien you should know about.

Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than GIEAG Immobilien. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that sit on P/E's below 20x and have grown earnings strongly.

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