This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in Public Joint Stock Company “Ashinskiy metallurgical works” (MCX:AMEZ).
Public Joint Stock Company “Ashinskiy metallurgical works” (MCX:AMEZ) is currently trading at a trailing P/E of 2.4x, which is lower than the industry average of 6.3x. While AMEZ might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for. View out our latest analysis for Ashinskiy metallurgical works
Demystifying the P/E ratio
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.
Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share
P/E Calculation for AMEZ
Price per share = RUB3.77
Earnings per share = RUB1.587
∴ Price-Earnings Ratio = RUB3.77 ÷ RUB1.587 = 2.4x
On its own, the P/E ratio doesn’t tell you much; however, it becomes extremely useful when you compare it with other similar companies. Ideally, we want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar characteristics as AMEZ, such as size and country of operation. 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.
AMEZ’s P/E of 2.4x is lower than its industry peers (6.3x), which implies that each dollar of AMEZ’s earnings is being undervalued by investors. Therefore, according to this analysis, AMEZ is an under-priced stock.
Assumptions to be aware of
Before you jump to the conclusion that AMEZ represents the perfect buying opportunity, it is important to realise that our conclusion rests on two important assertions. The first is that our peer group actually contains companies that are similar to AMEZ. 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 lower risk firms with AMEZ, then AMEZ’s P/E would naturally be lower than its peers, since investors would value those with lower risk with a higher price. The other possibility is if you were accidentally comparing higher growth firms with AMEZ. In this case, AMEZ’s P/E would be lower since investors would also reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing AMEZ to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold, there is a possibility that AMEZ’s P/E is lower because firms in our peer group are being overvalued by the market.
What this means for you:
You may have already conducted fundamental analysis on the stock as a shareholder, so its current undervaluation could signal a good buying opportunity to increase your exposure to AMEZ. 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 urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AMEZ’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AMEZ’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has AMEZ 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 AMEZ’s historicals for more clarity.
- 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.