Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Golden Eagle Retail Group Limited (HKG:3308) Still Undervalued?

This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to Golden Eagle Retail Group Limited’s (HKG:3308), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Golden Eagle Retail Group has a P/E ratio of 10.98, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 9.1%.

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How Do I Calculate Golden Eagle Retail Group’s Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share (in the reporting currency) ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Golden Eagle Retail Group:

P/E of 10.98 = CNY7.09 (Note: this is the share price in the reporting currency, namely, CNY ) ÷ CNY0.65 (Based on the year to June 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing earnings. All else being equal, it’s better to pay a low price — but as Warren Buffett said, ‘It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price’.

Does Golden Eagle Retail Group Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. As you can see below, Golden Eagle Retail Group has a higher P/E than the average company (9.7) in the multiline retail industry.

SEHK:3308 Price Estimation Relative to Market, February 8th 2020
SEHK:3308 Price Estimation Relative to Market, February 8th 2020

Golden Eagle Retail Group’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. The market is optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t guarantee future growth. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. That’s because companies that grow earnings per share quickly will rapidly increase the ‘E’ in the equation. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.

Golden Eagle Retail Group shrunk earnings per share by 10% over the last year. But over the longer term (5 years) earnings per share have increased by 1.8%.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

While growth expenditure doesn’t always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.

So What Does Golden Eagle Retail Group’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?

Golden Eagle Retail Group has net debt worth 19% of its market capitalization. That’s enough debt to impact the P/E ratio a little; so keep it in mind if you’re comparing it to companies without debt.

The Bottom Line On Golden Eagle Retail Group’s P/E Ratio

Golden Eagle Retail Group’s P/E is 11.0 which is above average (9.9) in its market. With modest debt but no EPS growth in the last year, it’s fair to say the P/E implies some optimism about future earnings, from the market.

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. People often underestimate remarkable growth — so investors can make money when fast growth is not fully appreciated. So this free visualization of the analyst consensus on future earnings could help you make the right decision about whether to buy, sell, or hold.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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