Here’s How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand All for One Group AG (ETR:A1OS)

The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll show how you can use All for One Group AG’s (ETR:A1OS) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, All for One Group has a P/E ratio of 19.3. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 5.2%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for All for One Group:

P/E of 19.3 = €51 ÷ €2.64 (Based on the year to December 2018.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each €1 of company earnings. That is not a good or a bad thing per se, but a high P/E does imply buyers are optimistic about 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 even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

All for One Group maintained roughly steady earnings over the last twelve months. But it has grown its earnings per share by 18% per year over the last five years.

How Does All for One Group’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

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 All for One Group has a lower P/E than the average (24.7) in the it industry classification.

XTRA:A1OS Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 29th 2019
XTRA:A1OS Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 29th 2019

Its relatively low P/E ratio indicates that All for One Group shareholders think it will struggle to do as well as other companies in its industry classification. Since the market seems unimpressed with All for One Group, it’s quite possible it could surprise on the upside. It is arguably worth checking if insiders are buying shares, because that might imply they believe the stock is undervalued.

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

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.

Such expenditure might be good or bad, in the long term, but the point here is that the balance sheet is not reflected by this ratio.

Is Debt Impacting All for One Group’s P/E?

Since All for One Group holds net cash of €6.5m, it can spend on growth, justifying a higher P/E ratio than otherwise.

The Bottom Line On All for One Group’s P/E Ratio

All for One Group’s P/E is 19.3 which is about average (20.4) in the DE market. While the lack of recent growth is probably muting optimism, the net cash position means it’s not surprising that expectations put the company roughly in line with the market average P/E.

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