Is Dangee Dums Limited’s (NSE:DANGEE) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?

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This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to Dangee Dums Limited’s (NSE:DANGEE), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Dangee Dums has a P/E ratio of 65.96, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 1.5%.

See our latest analysis for Dangee Dums

How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Dangee Dums:

P/E of 65.96 = ₹155 ÷ ₹2.35 (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each ₹1 of company earnings. 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 Dangee Dums’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. The image below shows that Dangee Dums has a significantly higher P/E than the average (16) P/E for companies in the food industry.

NSEI:DANGEE Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 10th 2019
NSEI:DANGEE Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 10th 2019

Dangee Dums’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

When earnings fall, the ‘E’ decreases, over time. Therefore, even if you pay a low multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become higher in the future. A higher P/E should indicate the stock is expensive relative to others — and that may encourage shareholders to sell.

Dangee Dums shrunk earnings per share by 1.3% last year. And over the longer term (5 years) earnings per share have decreased 33% annually. So you wouldn’t expect a very high P/E.

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. 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.

How Does Dangee Dums’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Dangee Dums has net debt worth just 4.9% of its market capitalization. The market might award it a higher P/E ratio if it had net cash, but its unlikely this low level of net borrowing is having a big impact on the P/E multiple.

The Bottom Line On Dangee Dums’s P/E Ratio

Dangee Dums’s P/E is 66 which suggests the market is more focussed on the future opportunity rather than the current level of earnings. 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. If the reality for a company is better than it expects, you can make money by buying and holding for the long term. We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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