Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Toscana Aeroporti S.p.A. (BIT:TYA) 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 Toscana Aeroporti S.p.A.’s (BIT:TYA), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, Toscana Aeroporti has a P/E ratio of 22.93. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 4.4%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Toscana Aeroporti:

P/E of 22.93 = EUR17.10 ÷ EUR0.75 (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each EUR1 of company earnings. That isn’t a good or a bad thing on its own, but a high P/E means that buyers have a higher opinion of the business’s prospects, relative to stocks with a lower P/E.

Does Toscana Aeroporti Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. As you can see below, Toscana Aeroporti has a higher P/E than the average company (15.9) in the infrastructure industry.

BIT:TYA Price Estimation Relative to Market, February 13th 2020
BIT:TYA Price Estimation Relative to Market, February 13th 2020

Toscana Aeroporti’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So investors should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Toscana Aeroporti saw earnings per share improve by -5.9% last year. And earnings per share have improved by 15% annually, over the last five years.

Remember: P/E Ratios Don’t Consider The Balance Sheet

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. The exact same company would hypothetically deserve a higher P/E ratio if it had a strong balance sheet, than if it had a weak one with lots of debt, because a cashed up company can spend on growth.

Such expenditure might be good or bad, in the long term, but the point here is that the balance sheet is not reflected by this ratio.

How Does Toscana Aeroporti’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Net debt totals 12% of Toscana Aeroporti’s market cap. 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 Toscana Aeroporti’s P/E Ratio

Toscana Aeroporti trades on a P/E ratio of 22.9, which is above its market average of 18.6. With modest debt relative to its size, and modest earnings growth, the market is likely expecting sustained long-term growth, if not a near-term improvement.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, ‘In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine. So this free visual report on analyst forecasts could hold the key to an excellent investment decision.

You might be able to find a better buy than Toscana Aeroporti. If you want a selection of possible winners, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a P/E below 20 (but have proven they can grow earnings).

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