To the annoyance of some shareholders, RediShred Capital (CVE:KUT) shares are down a considerable 34% in the last month. That drop has capped off a tough year for shareholders, with the share price down 30% in that time.
Assuming nothing else has changed, a lower share price makes a stock more attractive to potential buyers. While the market sentiment towards a stock is very changeable, in the long run, the share price will tend to move in the same direction as earnings per share. So, on certain occasions, long term focussed investors try to take advantage of pessimistic expectations to buy shares at a better price. Perhaps the simplest way to get a read on investors’ expectations of a business is to look at its Price to Earnings Ratio (PE Ratio). A high P/E implies that investors have high expectations of what a company can achieve compared to a company with a low P/E ratio.
Does RediShred Capital Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?
RediShred Capital’s P/E of 20.02 indicates some degree of optimism towards the stock. As you can see below, RediShred Capital has a higher P/E than the average company (17.8) in the commercial services industry.
Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that RediShred Capital shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Clearly the market expects growth, but it isn’t guaranteed. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.
How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios
Generally speaking the rate of earnings growth has a profound impact on a company’s P/E multiple. If earnings are growing quickly, then the ‘E’ in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. 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.
RediShred Capital’s earnings per share fell by 46% in the last twelve months. But over the longer term (5 years) earnings per share have increased by 4.3%.
A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank
The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. 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.
RediShred Capital’s Balance Sheet
With net cash of CA$6.4m, RediShred Capital has a very strong balance sheet, which may be important for its business. Having said that, at 16% of its market capitalization the cash hoard would contribute towards a higher P/E ratio.
The Bottom Line On RediShred Capital’s P/E Ratio
RediShred Capital has a P/E of 20.0. That’s higher than the average in its market, which is 11.1. The recent drop in earnings per share would make some investors cautious, but the healthy balance sheet means the company retains the potential for future growth. If this growth fails to materialise, the current high P/E could prove to be temporary, as the share price falls. What can be absolutely certain is that the market has become significantly less optimistic about RediShred Capital over the last month, with the P/E ratio falling from 30.2 back then to 20.0 today. For those who prefer to invest with the flow of momentum, that might be a bad sign, but for a contrarian, it may signal opportunity.
Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. 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 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 RediShred Capital. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.
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