Arrow Electronics, Inc.'s (NYSE:ARW) Shares Lagging The Market But So Is The Business

Arrow Electronics, Inc. +1.36%

Arrow Electronics, Inc.

ARW

131.53

+1.36%

With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 7.7x Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) may be sending very bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in the United States have P/E ratios greater than 18x and even P/E's higher than 33x are not unusual. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/E.

Recent times haven't been advantageous for Arrow Electronics as its earnings have been falling quicker than most other companies. The P/E is probably low because investors think this poor earnings performance isn't going to improve at all. If you still like the company, you'd want its earnings trajectory to turn around before making any decisions. If not, then existing shareholders will probably struggle to get excited about the future direction of the share price.

Check out our latest analysis for Arrow Electronics

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NYSE:ARW Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry March 29th 2024
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How Is Arrow Electronics' Growth Trending?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, Arrow Electronics would need to produce anemic growth that's substantially trailing the market.

Taking a look back first, the company's earnings per share growth last year wasn't something to get excited about as it posted a disappointing decline of 27%. Even so, admirably EPS has lifted 123% in aggregate from three years ago, notwithstanding the last 12 months. Accordingly, while they would have preferred to keep the run going, shareholders would probably welcome the medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Shifting to the future, estimates from the eight analysts covering the company suggest earnings growth is heading into negative territory, declining 39% over the next year. That's not great when the rest of the market is expected to grow by 11%.

With this information, we are not surprised that Arrow Electronics is trading at a P/E lower than the market. However, shrinking earnings are unlikely to lead to a stable P/E over the longer term. There's potential for the P/E to fall to even lower levels if the company doesn't improve its profitability.

The Final Word

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.

We've established that Arrow Electronics maintains its low P/E on the weakness of its forecast for sliding earnings, as expected. At this stage investors feel the potential for an improvement in earnings isn't great enough to justify a higher P/E ratio. Unless these conditions improve, they will continue to form a barrier for the share price around these levels.

Before you settle on your opinion, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Arrow Electronics (2 are significant!) that you should be aware of.

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