Is Tivoli A/S’s (CPH:TIV) 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 Tivoli A/S’s (CPH:TIV), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Tivoli has a P/E ratio of 45.91, based on the last twelve months. In other words, at today’s prices, investors are paying DKK45.91 for every DKK1 in prior year profit.

Check out our latest analysis for Tivoli

How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Tivoli:

P/E of 45.91 = DKK690 ÷ DKK15.03 (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. That isn’t a good or a bad thing on its own, but a high P/E means that buyers have a higher opinion of the business’s prospects, relative to stocks with a lower P/E.

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

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. The image below shows that Tivoli has a higher P/E than the average (19.8) P/E for companies in the hospitality industry.

CPSE:TIV Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 22nd 2019
CPSE:TIV Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 22nd 2019

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Tivoli shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification.

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. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Tivoli had pretty flat EPS growth in the last year. But EPS is up 19% over the last 5 years.

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. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

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).

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

Tivoli’s net debt is 10% of its market cap. That’s enough debt to impact the P/E ratio a little; so keep it in mind if you’re comparing it to companies without debt.

The Bottom Line On Tivoli’s P/E Ratio

Tivoli trades on a P/E ratio of 45.9, which is above its market average of 18.3. Given the debt is only modest, and earnings are already moving in the right direction, it’s not surprising that the market expects continued improvement.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. People often underestimate remarkable growth — so investors can make money when fast growth is not fully appreciated. We don’t have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this 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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