Does Hamon & Cie (International) SA’s (EBR:HAMO) PE Ratio Warrant A Buy?

Hamon & Cie (International) SA (ENXTBR:HAMO) is trading with a trailing P/E of 0.4x, which is lower than the industry average of 22.1x. While HAMO might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for. View our latest analysis for Hamon & Cie (International)

Breaking down the Price-Earnings ratio

ENXTBR:HAMO PE PEG Gauge May 15th 18
ENXTBR:HAMO PE PEG Gauge May 15th 18

P/E is often used for relative valuation since earnings power is a chief driver of investment value. It compares a stock’s price per share to the stock’s earnings per share. A more intuitive way of understanding the P/E ratio is to think of it as how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

Formula

Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share

P/E Calculation for HAMO

Price per share = €0.49

Earnings per share = €1.137

∴ Price-Earnings Ratio = €0.49 ÷ €1.137 = 0.4x

The P/E ratio isn’t a metric you view in isolation and only becomes useful when you compare it against other similar companies. Ideally, we want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar characteristics as HAMO, such as size and country of operation. A quick method of creating a peer group is to use companies in the same industry, which is what I will do. Since it is expected that similar companies have similar P/E ratios, we can come to some conclusions about the stock if the ratios are different.

At 0.4x, HAMO’s P/E is lower than its industry peers (22.1x). This implies that investors are undervaluing each dollar of HAMO’s earnings. As such, our analysis shows that HAMO represents an under-priced stock.

Assumptions to be aware of

While our conclusion might prompt you to buy HAMO immediately, there are two important assumptions you should be aware of. The first is that our “similar companies” are actually similar to HAMO. If the companies aren’t similar, the difference in P/E might be a result of other factors. For example, if you accidentally compared higher growth firms with HAMO, then HAMO’s P/E would naturally be lower since investors would reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price. Alternatively, if you inadvertently compared less risky firms with HAMO, HAMO’s P/E would again be lower since investors would reward its peers’ lower risk with a higher price as well. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing HAMO to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold, there is a possibility that HAMO’s P/E is lower because firms in our peer group are being overvalued by the market.

ENXTBR:HAMO Future Profit May 15th 18
ENXTBR:HAMO Future Profit May 15th 18

What this means for you:

If your personal research into the stock confirms what the P/E ratio is telling you, it might be a good time to add more of HAMO to your portfolio. But keep in mind that the usefulness of relative valuation depends on whether you are comfortable with making the assumptions I mentioned above. Remember that basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PE ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is HAMO’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Past Track Record: Has HAMO been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of HAMO’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.