Why Investors Shouldn't Be Surprised By Burlington Stores, Inc.'s (NYSE:BURL) P/E

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When close to half the companies in the United States have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 16x, you may consider Burlington Stores, Inc. (NYSE:BURL) as a stock to avoid entirely with its 41.8x P/E ratio. 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.

Recent times have been pleasing for Burlington Stores as its earnings have risen in spite of the market's earnings going into reverse. The P/E is probably high because investors think the company will continue to navigate the broader market headwinds better than most. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

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NYSE:BURL Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry December 30th 2023
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How Is Burlington Stores' Growth Trending?

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

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 82% gain to the company's bottom line. Although, its longer-term performance hasn't been as strong with three-year EPS growth being relatively non-existent overall. So it appears to us that the company has had a mixed result in terms of growing earnings over that time.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should generate growth of 39% as estimated by the analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 10%, which is noticeably less attractive.

With this information, we can see why Burlington Stores is trading at such a high P/E compared to the market. It seems most investors are expecting this strong future growth and are willing to pay more for the stock.

The Bottom Line On Burlington Stores' 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 Burlington Stores maintains its high P/E on the strength of its forecast growth being higher than the wider market, as expected. Right now shareholders are comfortable with the P/E as they are quite confident future earnings aren't under threat. It's hard to see the share price falling strongly in the near future under these circumstances.

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

If P/E ratios interest you, you may wish to see this free collection of other companies with strong earnings growth and low P/E ratios.

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