Should We Worry About Sunrise Communications Group AG’s (VTX:SRCG) P/E Ratio?

This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we’ll show how Sunrise Communications Group AG’s (VTX:SRCG) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Based on the last twelve months, Sunrise Communications Group’s P/E ratio is 27.23. In other words, at today’s prices, investors are paying CHF27.23 for every CHF1 in prior year profit.

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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 Sunrise Communications Group:

P/E of 27.23 = CHF76.75 ÷ CHF2.82 (Based on the year to June 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. 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.

Does Sunrise Communications Group Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. The image below shows that Sunrise Communications Group has a higher P/E than the average (23) P/E for companies in the telecom industry.

SWX:SRCG Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 13th 2019
SWX:SRCG Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 13th 2019

That means that the market expects Sunrise Communications Group will outperform other companies in its industry.

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. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Sunrise Communications Group’s earnings per share fell by 75% in the last twelve months. But it has grown its earnings per share by 31% per year over the last three years.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. 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.

While growth expenditure doesn’t always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.

How Does Sunrise Communications Group’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Sunrise Communications Group’s net debt equates to 39% of its market capitalization. While it’s worth keeping this in mind, it isn’t a worry.

The Bottom Line On Sunrise Communications Group’s P/E Ratio

Sunrise Communications Group has a P/E of 27.2. That’s higher than the average in its market, which is 18.6. With a bit of debt, but a lack of recent growth, it’s safe to say the market is expecting improved profit performance from the company, in the next few years.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. If the reality for a company is better than it expects, you can make money by buying and holding for the long term. So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

You might be able to find a better buy than Sunrise Communications Group. If you want a selection of possible winners, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a P/E below 20 (but have proven they can grow earnings).

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