Investors Don't See Light At End Of Devernois S.A.'s (EPA:ALDEV) Tunnel
With a price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 0.2x Devernois S.A. (EPA:ALDEV) may be sending bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all the Luxury companies in France have P/S ratios greater than 1.5x and even P/S higher than 4x are not unusual. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the reduced P/S.
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The revenue growth achieved at Devernois over the last year would be more than acceptable for most companies. Perhaps the market is expecting this acceptable revenue performance to take a dive, which has kept the P/S suppressed. Those who are bullish on Devernois will be hoping that this isn't the case, so that they can pick up the stock at a lower valuation.
There's an inherent assumption that a company should underperform the industry for P/S ratios like Devernois' to be considered reasonable.
If we review the last year of revenue growth, the company posted a worthy increase of 13%. Ultimately though, it couldn't turn around the poor performance of the prior period, with revenue shrinking 5.9% in total over the last three years. So unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that the company has not done a great job of growing revenue over that time.
In contrast to the company, the rest of the industry is expected to grow by 8.7% over the next year, which really puts the company's recent medium-term revenue decline into perspective.
With this in mind, we understand why Devernois' P/S is lower than most of its industry peers. However, we think shrinking revenues are unlikely to lead to a stable P/S over the longer term, which could set up shareholders for future disappointment. There's potential for the P/S to fall to even lower levels if the company doesn't improve its top-line growth.
We'd say the price-to-sales ratio's power isn't primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.
It's no surprise that Devernois maintains its low P/S off the back of its sliding revenue over the medium-term. At this stage investors feel the potential for an improvement in revenue isn't great enough to justify a higher P/S ratio. Unless the recent medium-term 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 - Devernois has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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Devernois S.A. engages in the provision of clothing for women in France and internationally.
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