Don’t Sell init innovation in traffic systems SE (ETR:IXX) Before You Read This

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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 apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to init innovation in traffic systems SE’s (ETR:IXX), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, init innovation in traffic systems has a P/E ratio of 48.78. That means that at current prices, buyers pay €48.78 for every €1 in trailing yearly profits.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for init innovation in traffic systems:

P/E of 48.78 = €14.35 ÷ €0.29 (Based on the year to March 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. All else being equal, it’s better to pay a low price — but as Warren Buffett said, ‘It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.’

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

When earnings fall, the ‘E’ decreases, over time. 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.

init innovation in traffic systems shrunk earnings per share by 21% over the last year. And it has shrunk its earnings per share by 24% per year over the last five years. This growth rate might warrant a below average P/E ratio.

Does init innovation in traffic systems 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. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (37) for companies in the software industry is lower than init innovation in traffic systems’s P/E.

XTRA:IXX Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 28th 2019
XTRA:IXX Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 28th 2019

init innovation in traffic systems’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. Clearly the market expects growth, but it isn’t guaranteed. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

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

It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. 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).

Such spending might be good or bad, overall, but the key point here is that you need to look at debt to understand the P/E ratio in context.

init innovation in traffic systems’s Balance Sheet

init innovation in traffic systems has net debt worth 16% of its market capitalization. That’s enough debt to impact the P/E ratio a little; so keep it in mind if you’re comparing it to companies without debt.

The Verdict On init innovation in traffic systems’s P/E Ratio

init innovation in traffic systems trades on a P/E ratio of 48.8, which is above the DE market average of 19.9. With modest debt but no EPS growth in the last year, it’s fair to say the P/E implies some optimism about future earnings, from the market.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. People often underestimate remarkable growth — so investors can make money when fast growth is not fully appreciated. 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.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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