Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We’ll look at Parin Furniture Limited’s (NSE:PARIN) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. What is Parin Furniture’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 14.98. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 6.7%.
How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?
The formula for price to earnings is:
Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)
Or for Parin Furniture:
P/E of 14.98 = ₹63.95 ÷ ₹4.27 (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)
Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?
The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing 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 Does Parin Furniture’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?
We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. The image below shows that Parin Furniture has a P/E ratio that is roughly in line with the commercial services industry average (16.1).
That indicates that the market expects Parin Furniture will perform roughly in line with other companies in its industry.
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.
Parin Furniture saw earnings per share decrease by 33% last year. And it has shrunk its earnings per share by 7.6% per year over the last five years. This could justify a pessimistic P/E.
A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank
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. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.
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.
Parin Furniture’s Balance Sheet
Net debt totals 22% of Parin Furniture’s 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 Parin Furniture’s P/E Ratio
Parin Furniture’s P/E is 15 which is above average (13.5) in its market. 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.
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, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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