Why Admie Holding S.A.’s (ATH:ADMIE) High P/E Ratio Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

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 Admie Holding S.A.’s (ATH:ADMIE), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Admie Holding has a price to earnings ratio of 12.14, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 8.2%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Admie Holding:

P/E of 12.14 = €2.15 ÷ €0.18 (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

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. 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.

Does Admie Holding 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 Admie Holding has a P/E ratio that is fairly close for the average for the electric utilities industry, which is 12.1.

ATSE:ADMIE Price Estimation Relative to Market, November 14th 2019
ATSE:ADMIE Price Estimation Relative to Market, November 14th 2019

Its P/E ratio suggests that Admie Holding shareholders think that in the future it will perform about the same as other companies in its industry classification.

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

Admie Holding’s earnings per share grew by -7.5% in the last twelve months. If the company can grow EPS strongly, the market may improve its opinion of it. Checking factors such as director buying and selling. could help you form your own view on if that will happen.

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. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in 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).

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

The extra options and safety that comes with Admie Holding’s €27m 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 Admie Holding’s P/E Ratio

Admie Holding has a P/E of 12.1. That’s below the average in the GR market, which is 16.4. Earnings improved over the last year. Also positive, the relatively strong balance sheet will allow for investment in growth. In contrast, the P/E indicates shareholders doubt that will happen!

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. If it is underestimating a company, investors can make money by buying and holding the shares until the market corrects itself. 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 Admie Holding. 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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