Should You Be Tempted To Sell The Supreme Industries Limited (NSE:SUPREMEIND) Because Of Its 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 The Supreme Industries Limited’s (NSE:SUPREMEIND) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Supreme Industries has a price to earnings ratio of 29.88, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 3.3%.

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How Do You Calculate Supreme Industries’s P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Supreme Industries:

P/E of 29.88 = ₹1115.350 ÷ ₹37.328 (Based on the year to December 2019.)

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

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. 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 Supreme Industries 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. As you can see below, Supreme Industries has a much higher P/E than the average company (9.1) in the chemicals industry.

NSEI:SUPREMEIND Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 16th 2020
NSEI:SUPREMEIND Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 16th 2020

Supreme Industries’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. The market is optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t guarantee future growth. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Probably the most important factor in determining what P/E a company trades on is the earnings growth. 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.

Supreme Industries shrunk earnings per share by 5.7% last year. But EPS is up 15% over the last 5 years.

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

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. 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).

Supreme Industries’s Balance Sheet

Net debt totals just 1.3% of Supreme Industries’s market cap. The market might award it a higher P/E ratio if it had net cash, but its unlikely this low level of net borrowing is having a big impact on the P/E multiple.

The Verdict On Supreme Industries’s P/E Ratio

Supreme Industries has a P/E of 29.9. That’s higher than the average in its market, which is 10.8. With some debt but no EPS growth last year, the market has high expectations of future profits.

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 Supreme Industries. 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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