Is Kojamo Oyj’s (HEL:KOJAMO) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?

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 Kojamo Oyj’s (HEL:KOJAMO), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, Kojamo Oyj has a P/E ratio of 19.69. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 5.1%.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Kojamo Oyj:

P/E of 19.69 = EUR17.22 ÷ EUR0.87 (Based on the year to September 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing earnings. All else being equal, it’s better to pay a low price — but as Warren Buffett said, ‘It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price’.

How Does Kojamo Oyj’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (13.3) for companies in the real estate industry is lower than Kojamo Oyj’s P/E.

HLSE:KOJAMO Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 17th 2020
HLSE:KOJAMO Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 17th 2020

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Kojamo Oyj 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

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. Earnings growth means that in the future the ‘E’ will be higher. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.

Kojamo Oyj saw earnings per share decrease by 2.1% last year. But it has grown its earnings per share by 16% per year over the last five years.

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

It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. 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.

Spending on growth might be good or bad a few years later, but the point is that the P/E ratio does not account for the option (or lack thereof).

So What Does Kojamo Oyj’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?

Net debt totals 56% of Kojamo Oyj’s market cap. This is a reasonably significant level of debt — all else being equal you’d expect a much lower P/E than if it had net cash.

The Verdict On Kojamo Oyj’s P/E Ratio

Kojamo Oyj has a P/E of 19.7. That’s around the same as the average in the FI market, which is 21.3. With meaningful debt, and no earnings per share growth last year, even an average P/E indicates that the market a significant improvement from the business.

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. 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 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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