Cautious Investors Not Rewarding FedEx Corporation's (NYSE:FDX) Performance Completely

FedEx Corporation -1.61%

FedEx Corporation

FDX

267.80

-1.61%

When close to half the companies in the United States have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") above 18x, you may consider FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) as an attractive investment with its 14.6x P/E ratio. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the reduced P/E.

With its earnings growth in positive territory compared to the declining earnings of most other companies, FedEx has been doing quite well of late. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think the company's earnings are going to fall away like everyone else's soon. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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NYSE:FDX Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry December 28th 2023
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How Is FedEx's Growth Trending?

The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/E as low as FedEx's is when the company's growth is on track to lag the market.

If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 33%. Pleasingly, EPS has also lifted 83% in aggregate from three years ago, thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Accordingly, shareholders would have probably welcomed those medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Turning to the outlook, the next three years should generate growth of 16% per annum as estimated by the analysts watching the company. That's shaping up to be materially higher than the 13% per annum growth forecast for the broader market.

In light of this, it's peculiar that FedEx's P/E sits below the majority of other companies. Apparently some shareholders are doubtful of the forecasts and have been accepting significantly lower selling prices.

What We Can Learn From FedEx's P/E?

It's argued the price-to-earnings ratio is an inferior measure of value within certain industries, but it can be a powerful business sentiment indicator.

We've established that FedEx currently trades on a much lower than expected P/E since its forecast growth is higher than the wider market. When we see a strong earnings outlook with faster-than-market growth, we assume potential risks are what might be placing significant pressure on the P/E ratio. It appears many are indeed anticipating earnings instability, because these conditions should normally provide a boost to the share price.

It is also worth noting that we have found 1 warning sign for FedEx that you need to take into consideration.

If you're unsure about the strength of FedEx's business, why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals for some other companies you may have missed.

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