Should We Worry About American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s (NASDAQ:AOBC) P/E Ratio?

This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s (NASDAQ:AOBC) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. What is American Outdoor Brands’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 24.47. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 4.1%.

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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 ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for American Outdoor Brands:

P/E of 24.47 = $8.27 ÷ $0.34 (Based on the year to April 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. All else being equal, it’s better to pay a low price — but as Warren Buffett said, ‘It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.’

Does American Outdoor Brands Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (17.7) for companies in the leisure industry is lower than American Outdoor Brands’s P/E.

NasdaqGS:AOBC Price Estimation Relative to Market, August 10th 2019
NasdaqGS:AOBC Price Estimation Relative to Market, August 10th 2019

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that American Outdoor Brands shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Companies that shrink earnings per share quickly will rapidly decrease the ‘E’ in the equation. That means even if the current P/E is low, it will increase over time if the share price stays flat. A higher P/E should indicate the stock is expensive relative to others — and that may encourage shareholders to sell.

American Outdoor Brands shrunk earnings per share by 9.2% last year. And EPS is down 26% a year, over the last 5 years. So we might expect a relatively low P/E.

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

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. 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.

American Outdoor Brands’s Balance Sheet

American Outdoor Brands has net debt equal to 25% of its market cap. While it’s worth keeping this in mind, it isn’t a worry.

The Verdict On American Outdoor Brands’s P/E Ratio

American Outdoor Brands’s P/E is 24.5 which is above average (17.4) in its market. With some debt but no EPS growth last year, the market has high expectations of future profits.

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