Does Venky’s (India) Limited’s (NSE:VENKYS) P/E Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?

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Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We’ll apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to Venky’s (India) Limited’s (NSE:VENKYS), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. What is Venky’s (India)’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 12.38. In other words, at today’s prices, investors are paying ₹12.38 for every ₹1 in prior year profit.

See our latest analysis for Venky’s (India)

How Do I Calculate Venky’s (India)’s Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Venky’s (India):

P/E of 12.38 = ₹1530 ÷ ₹123.62 (Based on the year to March 2019.)

Is A High P/E 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 Venky’s (India)’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. If you look at the image below, you can see Venky’s (India) has a lower P/E than the average (15.7) in the food industry classification.

NSEI:VENKYS Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 16th 2019
NSEI:VENKYS Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 16th 2019

Its relatively low P/E ratio indicates that Venky’s (India) shareholders think it will struggle to do as well as other companies in its industry classification.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. Earnings growth means that in the future the ‘E’ will be higher. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

Venky’s (India)’s earnings per share fell by 13% in the last twelve months. But it has grown its earnings per share by 39% per year over the last five years.

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

It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. 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).

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.

So What Does Venky’s (India)’s Balance Sheet Tell Us?

Venky’s (India) has net debt worth just 2.4% of its market capitalization. The market might award it a higher P/E ratio if it had net cash, but its unlikely this low level of net borrowing is having a big impact on the P/E multiple.

The Verdict On Venky’s (India)’s P/E Ratio

Venky’s (India) has a P/E of 12.4. That’s below the average in the IN market, which is 14.9. Since it only carries a modest debt load, it’s likely the low expectations implied by the P/E ratio arise from the lack of recent earnings growth.

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But note: Venky’s (India) 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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