Unpleasant Surprises Could Be In Store For Integer Holdings Corporation's (NYSE:ITGR) Shares

Integer Holdings Corporation +1.61%

Integer Holdings Corporation

ITGR

120.92

+1.61%

Integer Holdings Corporation's (NYSE:ITGR) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 41.7x might make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 17x and even P/E's below 9x are quite common. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/E at face value as there may be an explanation why it's so lofty.

Integer Holdings has been doing a good job lately as it's been growing earnings at a solid pace. It might be that many expect the respectable earnings performance to beat most other companies over the coming period, which has increased investors’ willingness to pay up for the stock. If not, then existing shareholders may be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.

View our latest analysis for Integer Holdings

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NYSE:ITGR Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry January 30th 2024
Although there are no analyst estimates available for Integer Holdings, take a look at this free data-rich visualisation to see how the company stacks up on earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Is Integer Holdings' Growth Trending?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, Integer Holdings would need to produce outstanding growth well in excess of the market.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 18% gain to the company's bottom line. EPS has also lifted 9.9% in aggregate from three years ago, mostly thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Therefore, it's fair to say the earnings growth recently has been respectable for the company.

Comparing that to the market, which is predicted to deliver 10% growth in the next 12 months, the company's momentum is weaker based on recent medium-term annualised earnings results.

With this information, we find it concerning that Integer Holdings is trading at a P/E higher than the market. It seems most investors are ignoring the fairly limited recent growth rates and are hoping for a turnaround in the company's business prospects. Only the boldest would assume these prices are sustainable as a continuation of recent earnings trends is likely to weigh heavily on the share price eventually.

What We Can Learn From Integer Holdings' 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 Integer Holdings revealed its three-year earnings trends aren't impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted, given they look worse than current market expectations. When we see weak earnings with slower than market growth, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the high P/E lower. Unless the recent medium-term conditions improve markedly, it's very challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.

Having said that, be aware Integer Holdings is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis, you should know about.

If you're unsure about the strength of Integer Holdings' 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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