Does P/F Bakkafrost’s (OB:BAKKA) PE Ratio Warrant A Sell?

The content of this article will benefit those of you who are starting to educate yourself about investing in the stock market and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in P/F Bakkafrost (OB:BAKKA).

P/F Bakkafrost (OB:BAKKA) trades with a trailing P/E of 25.3x, which is higher than the industry average of 15.7x. While BAKKA might seem like a stock to avoid or sell if you own it, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions. In this article, I will deconstruct the P/E ratio and highlight what you need to be careful of when using the P/E ratio. View out our latest analysis for P/F Bakkafrost

Breaking down the Price-Earnings ratio

OB:BAKKA PE PEG Gauge June 15th 18
OB:BAKKA PE PEG Gauge June 15th 18

The P/E ratio is a popular ratio used in relative valuation since earnings power is a key driver of investment value. By comparing a stock’s price per share to its earnings per share, we are able to see how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

Formula

Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share

P/E Calculation for BAKKA

Price per share = DKK366.99

Earnings per share = DKK14.496

∴ Price-Earnings Ratio = DKK366.99 ÷ DKK14.496 = 25.3x

The P/E ratio isn’t a metric you view in isolation and only becomes useful when you compare it against other similar companies. We preferably want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar features to BAKKA, such as capital structure and profitability. One way of gathering a peer group is to use firms in the same industry, which is what I’ll do. Since similar companies should technically have similar P/E ratios, we can very quickly come to some conclusions about the stock if the ratios differ.

Since BAKKA’s P/E of 25.3x is higher than its industry peers (15.7x), it means that investors are paying more than they should for each dollar of BAKKA’s earnings. As such, our analysis shows that BAKKA represents an over-priced stock.

Assumptions to be aware of

However, before you rush out to sell your BAKKA shares, it is important to note that this conclusion is based on two key assumptions. The first is that our peer group actually contains companies that are similar to BAKKA. If this isn’t the case, the difference in P/E could be due to some other factors. For example, if you are inadvertently comparing riskier firms with BAKKA, then BAKKA’s P/E would naturally be higher than its peers since investors would reward its lower risk with a higher price. The other possibility is if you were accidentally comparing lower growth firms with BAKKA. In this case, BAKKA’s P/E would be higher since investors would also reward BAKKA’s higher growth with a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing BAKKA to are fairly valued by the market. If this assumption does not hold true, BAKKA’s higher P/E ratio may be because firms in our peer group are being undervalued by the market.

OB:BAKKA Future Profit June 15th 18
OB:BAKKA Future Profit June 15th 18

What this means for you:

You may have already conducted fundamental analysis on the stock as a shareholder, so its current overvaluation could signal a potential selling opportunity to reduce your exposure to BAKKA. Now that you understand the ins and outs of the PE metric, you should know to bear in mind its limitations before you make an investment decision. Remember that basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PE ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BAKKA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BAKKA’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has BAKKA been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of BAKKA’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.