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# Read This Before You Buy Roxgold Inc. (TSE:ROXG) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

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This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at Roxgold Inc.’s (TSE:ROXG) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. What is Roxgold’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 14.93. That means that at current prices, buyers pay CA\$14.93 for every CA\$1 in trailing yearly profits.

### How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price (in reporting currency) ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Roxgold:

P/E of 14.93 = \$0.83 (Note: this is the share price in the reporting currency, namely, USD ) ÷ \$0.055 (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 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. 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 Roxgold 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 Roxgold has a P/E ratio that is fairly close for the average for the metals and mining industry, which is 15.4.

Its P/E ratio suggests that Roxgold 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

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. That’s because companies that grow earnings per share quickly will rapidly increase the ‘E’ in the equation. And in that case, the P/E ratio itself will drop rather quickly. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Roxgold saw earnings per share decrease by 28% last year.

### A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

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.

### Roxgold’s Balance Sheet

Since Roxgold holds net cash of US\$15m, it can spend on growth, justifying a higher P/E ratio than otherwise.

### The Bottom Line On Roxgold’s P/E Ratio

Roxgold trades on a P/E ratio of 14.9, which is fairly close to the CA market average of 15. While the lack of recent growth is probably muting optimism, the healthy balance sheet means the company retains potential for future growth. So it’s not surprising to see it trade on a P/E roughly in line with the market.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, ‘In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.’ 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.

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