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Fiore Gold Ltd.'s (CVE:F) Sentiment Matching Earnings

Simply Wall St
·3-min read

Fiore Gold Ltd.'s (CVE:F) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 13.8x might make it look like a buy right now compared to the market in Canada, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios above 17x and even P/E's above 39x 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 limited.

Fiore Gold certainly has been doing a good job lately as it's been growing earnings more than most other companies. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings performance might be less impressive moving forward. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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Is There Any Growth For Fiore Gold?

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

Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by an impressive 266% last year. However, the latest three year period hasn't been as great in aggregate as it didn't manage to provide any growth at all. Accordingly, shareholders probably wouldn't have been overly satisfied with the unstable medium-term growth rates.

Turning to the outlook, the next three years should generate growth of 15% per annum as estimated by the four analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to expand by 25% per annum, which is noticeably more attractive.

In light of this, it's understandable that Fiore Gold's P/E sits below the majority of other companies. Apparently many shareholders weren't comfortable holding on while the company is potentially eyeing a less prosperous future.

The Key Takeaway

Typically, we'd caution against reading too much into price-to-earnings ratios when settling on investment decisions, though it can reveal plenty about what other market participants think about the company.

We've established that Fiore Gold maintains its low P/E on the weakness of its forecast growth being lower than the wider market, 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.

You always need to take note of risks, for example - Fiore Gold has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than Fiore Gold. 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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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