Is Camsing International Holding Limited’s (HKG:2662) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?

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 Camsing International Holding Limited’s (HKG:2662) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Based on the last twelve months, Camsing International Holding’s P/E ratio is 51.07. That means that at current prices, buyers pay HK$51.07 for every HK$1 in trailing yearly profits.

See our latest analysis for Camsing International Holding

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 Camsing International Holding:

P/E of 51.07 = HK$8.35 ÷ HK$0.16 (Based on the year to December 2018.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each HK$1 of company earnings. 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

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

Camsing International Holding’s 225% EPS improvement over the last year was like bamboo growth after rain; rapid and impressive.

Does Camsing International Holding Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. The image below shows that Camsing International Holding has a significantly higher P/E than the average (12.2) P/E for companies in the electronic industry.

SEHK:2662 Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 11th 2019
SEHK:2662 Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 11th 2019

That means that the market expects Camsing International Holding will outperform other companies in its industry. Clearly the market expects growth, but it isn’t guaranteed. So investors 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

The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. 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).

Spending on growth might be good or bad a few years later, but the point is that the P/E ratio does not account for the option (or lack thereof).

So What Does Camsing International Holding’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?

Camsing International Holding has net cash of HK$16m. That should lead to a higher P/E than if it did have debt, because its strong balance sheets gives it more options.

The Verdict On Camsing International Holding’s P/E Ratio

Camsing International Holding’s P/E is 51.1 which suggests the market is more focussed on the future opportunity rather than the current level of earnings. Its net cash position is the cherry on top of its superb EPS growth. So based on this analysis we’d expect Camsing International Holding to have a high P/E ratio.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. 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.’ Although we don’t have analyst forecasts, you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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

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