Does DCB Bank Limited’s (NSE:DCBBANK) P/E Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?

Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We’ll show how you can use DCB Bank Limited’s (NSE:DCBBANK) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. DCB Bank has a P/E ratio of 20.45, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 4.9%.

Check out our latest analysis for DCB Bank

How Do You Calculate DCB Bank’s P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for DCB Bank:

P/E of 20.45 = ₹215.3 ÷ ₹10.53 (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 isn’t a good or a bad thing on its own, but a high P/E means that buyers have a higher opinion of the business’s prospects, relative to stocks with a lower P/E.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Generally speaking the rate of earnings growth has a profound impact on a company’s P/E multiple. 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. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Notably, DCB Bank grew EPS by a whopping 31% in the last year. And it has bolstered its earnings per share by 12% per year over the last five years. With that performance, I would expect it to have an above average P/E ratio.

Does DCB Bank 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. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (21.8) for companies in the banks industry is roughly the same as DCB Bank’s P/E.

NSEI:DCBBANK Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 27th 2019
NSEI:DCBBANK Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 27th 2019

That indicates that the market expects DCB Bank will perform roughly in line with other companies in its industry. The company could surprise by performing better than average, in the future. Checking factors such as the tenure of the board and management could help you form your own view on if that will happen.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

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.

DCB Bank’s Balance Sheet

DCB Bank’s net debt is 21% of its market cap. 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 Bottom Line On DCB Bank’s P/E Ratio

DCB Bank’s P/E is 20.4 which is above average (16.1) in the IN market. Its debt levels do not imperil its balance sheet and its EPS growth is very healthy indeed. So on this analysis a high P/E ratio seems reasonable.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. 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.

But note: DCB Bank may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with strong recent earnings growth (and a P/E ratio below 20).

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