Should You Be Tempted To Sell Dragon Crown Group Holdings Limited (HKG:935) Because Of Its P/E Ratio?

Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. To keep it practical, we’ll show how Dragon Crown Group Holdings Limited’s (HKG:935) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. What is Dragon Crown Group Holdings’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 16.05. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 6.2%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Dragon Crown Group Holdings:

P/E of 16.05 = HK$0.510 ÷ HK$0.032 (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019.)

(Note: the above calculation results may not be precise due to rounding.)

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 necessarily good or bad, but a high P/E implies relatively high expectations of what a company can achieve in the future.

Does Dragon Crown Group Holdings 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. As you can see below, Dragon Crown Group Holdings has a higher P/E than the average company (11.2) in the commercial services industry.

SEHK:935 Price Estimation Relative to Market April 15th 2020
SEHK:935 Price Estimation Relative to Market April 15th 2020

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Dragon Crown Group Holdings shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So investors should always consider the P/E ratio alongside other factors, such as whether company directors have been buying shares.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

If earnings fall then in the future the ‘E’ will be lower. That means even if the current P/E is low, it will increase over time if the share price stays flat. So while a stock may look cheap based on past earnings, it could be expensive based on future earnings.

Dragon Crown Group Holdings saw earnings per share decrease by 42% last year. And it has shrunk its earnings per share by 15% per year over the last five years. This might lead to muted expectations.

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. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. 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).

Is Debt Impacting Dragon Crown Group Holdings’s P/E?

The extra options and safety that comes with Dragon Crown Group Holdings’s HK$45m net cash position means that it deserves a higher P/E than it would if it had a lot of net debt.

The Verdict On Dragon Crown Group Holdings’s P/E Ratio

Dragon Crown Group Holdings’s P/E is 16.0 which is above average (9.5) in its market. Falling earnings per share is probably keeping traditional value investors away, but the relatively strong balance sheet will allow the company time to invest in growth. Clearly, the high P/E indicates shareholders think it will!

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. People often underestimate remarkable growth — so investors can make money when fast growth is not fully appreciated. Although we don’t have analyst forecasts 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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