This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at Cavco Industries, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:CVCO) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Cavco Industries has a P/E ratio of 24, based on the last twelve months. In other words, at today’s prices, investors are paying $24 for every $1 in prior year profit.
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 Cavco Industries:
P/E of 24 = $185.31 ÷ $7.72 (Based on the year to June 2019.)
Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?
A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each $1 the company has earned over the last year. That isn’t necessarily good or bad, but a high P/E implies relatively high expectations of what a company can achieve in the future.
How Does Cavco Industries’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?
We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. As you can see below, Cavco Industries has a higher P/E than the average company (11.4) in the consumer durables industry.
That means that the market expects Cavco Industries will outperform other companies in its industry.
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. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.
Cavco Industries’s earnings per share were pretty steady over the last year. But it has grown its earnings per share by 27% per year over the last five years.
Don’t Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits
It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. Theoretically, a business can improve its earnings (and produce a lower P/E in the future) by investing in growth. That means taking on debt (or spending its cash).
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.
So What Does Cavco Industries’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?
Cavco Industries has net cash of US$180m. This is fairly high at 11% of its market capitalization. That might mean balance sheet strength is important to the business, but should also help push the P/E a bit higher than it would otherwise be.
The Bottom Line On Cavco Industries’s P/E Ratio
Cavco Industries has a P/E of 24. That’s higher than the average in its market, which is 17.2. EPS was up modestly better over the last twelve months. And the healthy balance sheet means the company can sustain growth while the P/E suggests shareholders think it will.
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