Emerging European Equity Markets’ Valuation – Opportunity?

The Emerging European equity market has been underperforming the rest of the world so far in 2018. The sell-off started in late spring and the market fell significant. There has been only four other periods in the last 13 years when the Emerging European market has sold off more than 10% during a 2.5 month period.

First it was the financial crisis in 2008, then in October of 2011 due to  European crisis, in June 2013 then the Fed started its tapering and in September 2015 when the oil price collapsed.

There are several different reason for the negative performance in 2018:

  • The USD has been strengthening and higher US yields led investors to move out of risky assets
  • Lower GDP growth in Q1 for Europe compared to expectations
  • A delay in forming a new Italian government after the recent election has made the market to be concerned with Italy´s Euro membership among other issues
  • Increased sanctions in Russia for US investors
  • Trade war
  • Steel tariffs

After all these negative examples it could be time for a potential recovery for EE equities. If the USD start to depreciate, if we would see more stabilizing yields and when the upcoming actions from the Fed are priced in and the oil price stay steady, we could have a bounce back in emerging European equities again. A risk to this more positive scenario would be if the USD keeps appreciating and the trade war between the US and its trading partners would intensify. The role of the EUR/USD is crucial for the outlook of Emerging markets going forward.

GRAPH 1 – Emerging Europe valuation – Consensus PE ratio


Source:Bloomberg, 20 June 2018

We favour Emerging Europe on the base of the recent underperformance and as the market has lagged the rest of the emerging markets since 2017. The Emerging European market is trading at attractive levels. The 12 month forward consensus price earnings for Emerging market are 14% and 7.5% for Emerging Europe. The valuation is also attractive from a historically perspective and is trading below its long term average. At every previous crisis the EE market has bounced back and performance has come back.

GRAPH 2 – Emerging Europe valuation – Consensus relative PE ratio


Source:Bloomberg, 20 June 2018

If you have any questions please contact Cecilia Person, Senior Equity Analyst and Investment Specialist at Alfred Berg Kapitalförvaltning AB, cecilia.persson@alfredberg.com.

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