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Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (NYSE:OPY) Doing What It Can To Lift Shares

Simply Wall St
·3 mins read

Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.'s (NYSE:OPY) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 5.5x might make it look like a strong buy right now compared to the market in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios above 19x and even P/E's above 38x 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 limited.

Oppenheimer Holdings certainly has been doing a great job lately as it's been growing earnings at a really rapid pace. It might be that many expect the strong earnings performance to degrade substantially, which has repressed the P/E. If that doesn't eventuate, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

See our latest analysis for Oppenheimer Holdings

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Although there are no analyst estimates available for Oppenheimer Holdings, take a look at this free data-rich visualisation to see how the company stacks up on earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Is There Any Growth For Oppenheimer Holdings?

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

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 53% 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. Accordingly, shareholders probably wouldn't have been overly satisfied with the unstable medium-term growth rates.

It's interesting to note that the rest of the market is similarly expected to grow by 0.5% over the next year, which is fairly even with the company's recent medium-term annualised growth rates.

In light of this, it's peculiar that Oppenheimer Holdings' P/E sits below the majority of other companies. It may be that most investors are not convinced the company can maintain recent growth rates.

The Final Word

Using the price-to-earnings ratio alone to determine if you should sell your stock isn't sensible, however it can be a practical guide to the company's future prospects.

We've established that Oppenheimer Holdings currently trades on a lower than expected P/E since its recent three-year growth is in line with the wider market forecast. When we see average earnings with market-like growth, we assume potential risks are what might be placing pressure on the P/E ratio. It appears some are indeed anticipating earnings instability, because the persistence of these recent medium-term conditions should normally provide more support to the share price.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we've spotted 1 warning sign for Oppenheimer Holdings you should be aware of.

If P/E ratios interest you, you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly and trade on P/E's below 20x.

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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