Should We Worry About Brisbane Broncos Limited’s (ASX:BBL) P/E Ratio?

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 Brisbane Broncos Limited’s (ASX:BBL), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Brisbane Broncos has a price to earnings ratio of 46.83, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 2.1%.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Brisbane Broncos:

P/E of 46.83 = A$0.41 ÷ A$0.0088 (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each A$1 of company earnings. 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 Brisbane Broncos’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. As you can see below, Brisbane Broncos has a higher P/E than the average company (24.8) in the entertainment industry.

ASX:BBL Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 11th 2019
ASX:BBL Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 11th 2019

Brisbane Broncos’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

If earnings fall then in the future the ‘E’ will be lower. Therefore, even if you pay a low multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become higher in the future. Then, a higher P/E might scare off shareholders, pushing the share price down.

Brisbane Broncos’s earnings per share fell by 65% in the last twelve months. And it has shrunk its earnings per share by 13% 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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. Theoretically, a business can improve its earnings (and produce a lower P/E in the future) by investing in growth. That means taking on debt (or spending its cash).

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 Brisbane Broncos’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

With net cash of AU$11m, Brisbane Broncos has a very strong balance sheet, which may be important for its business. Having said that, at 26% of its market capitalization the cash hoard would contribute towards a higher P/E ratio.

The Verdict On Brisbane Broncos’s P/E Ratio

Brisbane Broncos’s P/E is 46.8 which is above average (17.5) in its market. Falling earnings per share is probably keeping traditional value investors away, but the net cash position means the company has time to improve: and the high P/E suggests the market thinks it will.

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. We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: Brisbane Broncos may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with strong recent earnings growth (and a P/E ratio below 20).

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