Should You Be Tempted To Sell Akash Infra-Projects Limited (NSE:AKASH) Because Of Its P/E Ratio?

This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we’ll show how Akash Infra-Projects Limited’s (NSE:AKASH) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Akash Infra-Projects has a price to earnings ratio of 42.12, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 2.4%.

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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 Akash Infra-Projects:

P/E of 42.12 = ₹51 ÷ ₹1.21 (Based on the year to September 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. 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

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. That’s because companies that grow earnings per share quickly will rapidly increase the ‘E’ in the equation. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Akash Infra-Projects saw earnings per share decrease by 42% last year. And it has shrunk its earnings per share by 42% per year over the last five years. This growth rate might warrant a below average P/E ratio.

How Does Akash Infra-Projects’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. As you can see below, Akash Infra-Projects has a higher P/E than the average company (15.6) in the construction industry.

NSEI:AKASH Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 1st 2019
NSEI:AKASH Price Estimation Relative to Market, April 1st 2019

Akash Infra-Projects’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. The market is optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t guarantee future growth. So investors should always consider the P/E ratio alongside other factors, such as whether company directors have been buying shares.

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

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. 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.

How Does Akash Infra-Projects’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Akash Infra-Projects has net debt worth 19% 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 Bottom Line On Akash Infra-Projects’s P/E Ratio

Akash Infra-Projects trades on a P/E ratio of 42.1, which is above the IN market average of 16.2. With some debt but no EPS growth last year, the market has high expectations of future profits.

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. We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

You might be able to find a better buy than Akash Infra-Projects. If you want a selection of possible winners, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a P/E below 20 (but have proven they can grow earnings).

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