Do You Know What Seven Generations Energy Ltd.’s (TSE:VII) P/E Ratio Means?

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The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at Seven Generations Energy Ltd.’s (TSE:VII) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Seven Generations Energy has a price to earnings ratio of 7.3, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 14%.

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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 Seven Generations Energy:

P/E of 7.3 = CA$8.72 ÷ CA$1.2 (Based on the year to March 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each CA$1 the company has earned over the last year. 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.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. If earnings are growing quickly, then the ‘E’ in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

It’s great to see that Seven Generations Energy grew EPS by 15% in the last year. And it has improved its earnings per share by 108% per year over the last three years. So one might expect an above average P/E ratio.

Does Seven Generations Energy Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. If you look at the image below, you can see Seven Generations Energy has a lower P/E than the average (14.4) in the oil and gas industry classification.

TSX:VII Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 14th 2019
TSX:VII Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 14th 2019

This suggests that market participants think Seven Generations Energy will underperform other companies in its industry. While current expectations are low, the stock could be undervalued if the situation is better than the market assumes. You should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

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.

Is Debt Impacting Seven Generations Energy’s P/E?

Seven Generations Energy’s net debt is 66% of its market cap. If you want to compare its P/E ratio to other companies, you should absolutely keep in mind it has significant borrowings.

The Verdict On Seven Generations Energy’s P/E Ratio

Seven Generations Energy trades on a P/E ratio of 7.3, which is below the CA market average of 14.6. The company has a meaningful amount of debt on the balance sheet, but that should not eclipse the solid earnings growth. If it continues to grow, then the current low P/E may prove to be unjustified.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. If the reality for a company is not as bad as the P/E ratio indicates, then the share price should increase as the market realizes this. So this free visualization of the analyst consensus on future earnings could help you make the right decision about whether to buy, sell, or hold.

You might be able to find a better buy than Seven Generations Energy. 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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