Should We Worry About AmRest Holdings SE’s (WSE:EAT) P/E Ratio?

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The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll show how you can use AmRest Holdings SE’s (WSE:EAT) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Based on the last twelve months, AmRest Holdings’s P/E ratio is 48.7. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 2.1%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price (in reporting currency) ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for AmRest Holdings:

P/E of 48.7 = €9.48 (Note: this is the share price in the reporting currency, namely, EUR ) ÷ €0.19 (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 PLN1 of company earnings. That isn’t necessarily good or bad, but a high P/E implies relatively high expectations of what a company can achieve in the future.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Probably the most important factor in determining what P/E a company trades on is the earnings growth. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.

AmRest Holdings saw earnings per share decrease by 7.6% last year. But EPS is up 29% over the last 5 years.

How Does AmRest Holdings’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 AmRest Holdings has a significantly higher P/E than the average (12.7) P/E for companies in the hospitality industry.

WSE:EAT PE PEG Gauge February 12th 19
WSE:EAT PE PEG Gauge February 12th 19

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that AmRest Holdings shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So investors should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.

Don’t Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits

It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. Theoretically, a business can improve its earnings (and produce a lower P/E in the future), by taking on debt (or spending its remaining cash).

Spending on growth might be good or bad a few years later, but the point is that the P/E ratio does not account for the option (or lack thereof).

Is Debt Impacting AmRest Holdings’s P/E?

AmRest Holdings has net debt worth 18% of its market capitalization. This could bring some additional risk, and reduce the number of investment options for management; worth remembering if you compare its P/E to businesses without debt.

The Verdict On AmRest Holdings’s P/E Ratio

AmRest Holdings trades on a P/E ratio of 48.7, which is multiples above the PL market average of 10.6. With some debt but no EPS growth last year, the market has high expectations of future profits.

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