Unfortunately for some shareholders, the Vindhya Telelinks (NSE:VINDHYATEL) share price has dived 33% in the last thirty days. The recent drop has obliterated the annual return, with the share price now down 24% over that longer period.
Assuming nothing else has changed, a lower share price makes a stock more attractive to potential buyers. While the market sentiment towards a stock is very changeable, in the long run, the share price will tend to move in the same direction as earnings per share. The implication here is that long term investors have an opportunity when expectations of a company are too low. One way to gauge market expectations of a stock is to look at its Price to Earnings Ratio (PE Ratio). Investors have optimistic expectations of companies with higher P/E ratios, compared to companies with lower P/E ratios.
How Does Vindhya Telelinks’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?
We can tell from its P/E ratio of 3.69 that sentiment around Vindhya Telelinks isn’t particularly high. If you look at the image below, you can see Vindhya Telelinks has a lower P/E than the average (10.2) in the communications industry classification.
Vindhya Telelinks’s P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry.
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. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.
Vindhya Telelinks’s earnings made like a rocket, taking off 80% last year. The sweetener is that the annual five year growth rate of 51% is also impressive. So I’d be surprised if the P/E ratio was not above average.
Remember: P/E Ratios Don’t Consider The Balance Sheet
One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. The exact same company would hypothetically deserve a higher P/E ratio if it had a strong balance sheet, than if it had a weak one with lots of debt, because a cashed up company can spend on growth.
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.
Vindhya Telelinks’s Balance Sheet
Vindhya Telelinks’s net debt is 79% of its market cap. This is enough debt that you’d have to make some adjustments before using the P/E ratio to compare it to a company with net cash.
The Bottom Line On Vindhya Telelinks’s P/E Ratio
Vindhya Telelinks has a P/E of 3.7. That’s below the average in the IN market, which is 13.4. The company has a meaningful amount of debt on the balance sheet, but that should not eclipse the solid earnings growth. The low P/E ratio suggests current market expectations are muted, implying these levels of growth will not continue. Given Vindhya Telelinks’s P/E ratio has declined from 5.5 to 3.7 in the last month, we know for sure that the market is more worried about the business today, than it was back then. For those who prefer to invest with the flow of momentum, that might be a bad sign, but for deep value investors this stock might justify some research.
Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. If the reality for a company is not as bad as the P/E ratio indicates, then the share price should increase as the market realizes this. 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.
You might be able to find a better buy than Vindhya Telelinks. 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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