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Market Still Lacking Some Conviction On International Money Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMXI)

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There wouldn't be many who think International Money Express, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:IMXI) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 20.8x is worth a mention when the median P/E in the United States is similar at about 20x. However, investors might be overlooking a clear opportunity or potential setback if there is no rational basis for the P/E.

International Money Express certainly has been doing a good job lately as its earnings growth has been positive while most other companies have been seeing their earnings go backwards. One possibility is that the P/E is moderate because investors think the company's earnings will be less resilient moving forward. If you like the company, you'd be hoping this isn't the case so that you could potentially pick up some stock while it's not quite in favour.

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Does Growth Match The P/E?

The only time you'd be comfortable seeing a P/E like International Money Express' is when the company's growth is tracking the market closely.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 50% gain to the company's bottom line. However, the latest three year period hasn't been as great in aggregate as it didn't manage to provide any growth at all. Therefore, it's fair to say that earnings growth has been inconsistent recently for the company.

Looking ahead now, EPS is anticipated to climb by 26% each year during the coming three years according to the seven analysts following the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 14% each year, which is noticeably less attractive.

With this information, we find it interesting that International Money Express is trading at a fairly similar P/E to the market. It may be that most investors aren't convinced the company can achieve future growth expectations.

What We Can Learn From International Money Express' P/E?

While the price-to-earnings ratio shouldn't be the defining factor in whether you buy a stock or not, it's quite a capable barometer of earnings expectations.

Our examination of International Money Express' analyst forecasts revealed that its superior earnings outlook isn't contributing to its P/E as much as we would have predicted. There could be some unobserved threats to earnings preventing the P/E ratio from matching the positive outlook. At least the risk of a price drop looks to be subdued, but investors seem to think future earnings could see some volatility.

And what about other risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for International Money Express (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

If you're unsure about the strength of International Money Express' 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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