However, these companies are not suitable for all investors as their high valuations and inflated expectations can lead to volatile trading. As a result, many investors will choose to stay away, but are these companies suitable for your portfolio?
Many investors and analysts alike are concerned about the high valuations of AO and Boohoo, and its easy to see why.
Indeed, at present levels and according to current City forecasts, AO World currently trades at a forward P/E of 247 and a projected 2016 P/E of 62. Similarly, Boohoo trades at a forward P/E of 26.
For any value investors, these valuations are clearly a red flag. There are plenty of other opportunities out there, trading at a more attractive valuations. In addition, these high valuations dont leave much room for error and if things go wrong,like they did last week when Boohoo warned on profits, valuations can quickly fall back to earth.
Still, both Boohoo and AO World are two cash generative, profitable, high growth, high margin businesses and these traits are worth paying a premium price for. For example, Boohoos earnings per share are expected to double over the next two years, while AO Worlds earnings are set to jump by around 500% by the end of 2017.
AO Worlds third quarter trading update, released today, seems to support City expectations for growth.Website revenue rose 38% during the groups fiscal third quarter, which includes the key Christmas trading periodandBlack Friday. However, these figures exclude AO Worlds new German operations, launched ahead of plan. According to management, sales in this division are already growing rapidly.
Whats more, AO World is leading the industry in terms of website response times, service levels and logistics performance, in spite of the chaos caused by the Black Friday sales, which overwhelmed many retailers.
But high expectations for growth come with the increased risk of disappointment. Growth stocks disappoint all too often and the ensuing volatility can sometimes be too much for some investors to handle.
With this in mind, growth stock with a high valuations, such as AO World and Boohoo are not suitable for all investors. While they are attractive, theres plenty of risk and their outlook can change rapidly.
The bottom line
So overall, theres no need to avoid companies like AO World and Boohoo completely but you need to understand the risks before investing.
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