Is International Bancshares Corporation’s (NASDAQ:IBOC) P/E Ratio Really That Good?

Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We’ll apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to International Bancshares Corporation’s (NASDAQ:IBOC), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Based on the last twelve months, International Bancshares’s P/E ratio is 11.08. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 9.0%.

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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 ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for International Bancshares:

P/E of 11.08 = $35.59 ÷ $3.21 (Based on the year to June 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 is not a good or a bad thing per se, but a high P/E does imply buyers are optimistic about the future.

Does International Bancshares Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. We can see in the image below that the average P/E (12.2) for companies in the banks industry is higher than International Bancshares’s P/E.

NasdaqGS:IBOC Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:IBOC Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 2nd 2019

Its relatively low P/E ratio indicates that International Bancshares shareholders think it will struggle to do as well as other companies in its industry classification.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. 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. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.

Most would be impressed by International Bancshares earnings growth of 11% in the last year. And it has bolstered its earnings per share by 7.2% per year over the last five years. With that performance, you might expect an above average P/E ratio.

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

The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. 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 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.

International Bancshares’s Balance Sheet

International Bancshares’s net debt equates to 37% of its market capitalization. While it’s worth keeping this in mind, it isn’t a worry.

The Bottom Line On International Bancshares’s P/E Ratio

International Bancshares trades on a P/E ratio of 11.1, which is below the US market average of 17.3. The company does have a little debt, and EPS growth was good last year. If it continues to grow, then the current low P/E may prove to be unjustified.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. If the reality for a company is not as bad as the P/E ratio indicates, then the share price should increase as the market realizes this. Although we don’t have analyst forecasts, you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph 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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