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The Philippines: Solid Fundamentals but Still Expensive

Watch the video with Andrew Stotz or read a summary of the country profile on The Philippines.

Four Pillars of GDP: Private consumption and investments are strong

Overall, The Philippines is experiencing fast GDP growth, which is largely driven by private consumption and investments. Net exports, however, have had a big contracting impact on GDP growth.

Solid fundamentals but expensive

The market’s price momentum has picked up recently relative to Asia-ex Japan, but it remains expensive on a price-to-earnings basis, especially considering the relatively slow EPS growth.

#Philippines remains expensive on a PE basis and relatively slow EPS growth

A. Stotz Four Elements: Moderately Attractive

Overall, The Philippines is moderately attractive in Asia considering all our four elements: Fundamentals, Valuation, Momentum, and Risk.

Fundamentals: Fundamentally, The Philippines has the third strongest return-on-equity in Asia over the past 12 months.

Valuation: It remains expensive, because PE is high and earnings growth is low.

Momentum: Price momentum has picked up, but earnings momentum has not.

Risk: The market features moderate volatility.

Four sectors returned double digits in the past 3 months

Top 3 largest sectors: Industrials: 26% of the market; Financials: 23%; Real Estate: 18%.

Best sector & stock: Telecom: +13.1% & PLDT Inc.: +15.4%.

Worst sector & stock: Utilities: -4.0% & Aboitiz Power Corp: -8.4%.


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