Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is SSR Mining Inc. (TSE:SSRM) Still Undervalued?

The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll show how you can use SSR Mining Inc.’s (TSE:SSRM) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. SSR Mining has a price to earnings ratio of 62.20, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 1.6%.

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How Do I Calculate A 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 SSR Mining:

P/E of 62.20 = USD17.64 (Note: this is the share price in the reporting currency, namely, USD ) ÷ USD0.28 (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings 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’.

How Does SSR Mining’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (16.3) for companies in the metals and mining industry is a lot lower than SSR Mining’s P/E.

TSX:SSRM Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 21st 2020
TSX:SSRM Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 21st 2020

That means that the market expects SSR Mining will outperform other companies in its industry. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Probably the most important factor in determining what P/E a company trades on is the earnings growth. If earnings are growing quickly, then the ‘E’ in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Notably, SSR Mining grew EPS by a whopping 32% in the last year.

Don’t Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

Such spending might be good or bad, overall, but the key point here is that you need to look at debt to understand the P/E ratio in context.

Is Debt Impacting SSR Mining’s P/E?

With net cash of US$245m, SSR Mining has a very strong balance sheet, which may be important for its business. Having said that, at 11% of its market capitalization the cash hoard would contribute towards a higher P/E ratio.

The Bottom Line On SSR Mining’s P/E Ratio

With a P/E ratio of 62.2, SSR Mining is expected to grow earnings very strongly in the years to come. The excess cash it carries is the gravy on top its fast EPS growth. To us, this is the sort of company that we would expect to carry an above average price tag (relative to earnings).

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. If the reality for a company is better than it expects, you can make money by buying and holding for the long term. 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 be able to find a better stock than SSR Mining. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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