Should We Worry About Kojamo Oyj’s (HEL:KOJAMO) 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 show how you can use Kojamo Oyj’s (HEL:KOJAMO) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Based on the last twelve months, Kojamo Oyj’s P/E ratio is 11.67. That means that at current prices, buyers pay €11.67 for every €1 in trailing yearly profits.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Kojamo Oyj:

P/E of 11.67 = €10.32 ÷ €0.88 (Based on the year to March 2019.)

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

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.

Kojamo Oyj saw earnings per share decrease by 3.5% last year. But it has grown its earnings per share by 18% per year over the last five years.

How Does Kojamo Oyj’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. As you can see below Kojamo Oyj has a P/E ratio that is fairly close for the average for the real estate industry, which is 11.1.

HLSE:KOJAMO Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 14th 2019
HLSE:KOJAMO Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 14th 2019

That indicates that the market expects Kojamo Oyj will perform roughly in line with other companies in its industry. The company could surprise by performing better than average, in the future. Further research into factors such asmanagement tenure, could help you form your own view on whether that is likely.

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

The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. The exact same company would hypothetically deserve a higher P/E ratio if it had a strong balance sheet, than if it had a weak one with lots of debt, because a cashed up company can spend on 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.

So What Does Kojamo Oyj’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?

Kojamo Oyj’s net debt is 95% of its market cap. This is enough debt that you’d have to make some adjustments before using the P/E ratio to compare it to a company with net cash.

The Bottom Line On Kojamo Oyj’s P/E Ratio

Kojamo Oyj trades on a P/E ratio of 11.7, which is below the FI market average of 19.5. The P/E reflects market pessimism that probably arises from the lack of recent EPS growth, paired with significant leverage.

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. 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 report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

Of course you might be able to find a better stock than Kojamo Oyj. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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