What Does Movado Group, Inc.’s (NYSE:MOV) P/E Ratio Tell You?

This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll show how you can use Movado Group, Inc.’s (NYSE:MOV) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Based on the last twelve months, Movado Group’s P/E ratio is 76.04. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 1.3%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Movado Group:

P/E of 76.04 = $33.71 ÷ $0.44 (Based on the year to October 2018.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each $1 the company has earned over the last year. That is not a good or a bad thing per se, but a high P/E does imply buyers are optimistic about the future.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

If earnings fall then in the future the ‘E’ will be lower. Therefore, even if you pay a low multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become higher in the future. So while a stock may look cheap based on past earnings, it could be expensive based on future earnings.

Movado Group shrunk earnings per share by 57% over the last year. And over the longer term (5 years) earnings per share have decreased 29% annually. This could justify a pessimistic P/E.

How Does Movado Group’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (16.9) for companies in the luxury industry is a lot lower than Movado Group’s P/E.

NYSE:MOV Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 18th 2019
NYSE:MOV Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 18th 2019

Movado Group’s P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. The market is optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t guarantee future growth. So investors should always consider the P/E ratio alongside other factors, such as whether company directors have been buying shares.

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

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

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).

How Does Movado Group’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Since Movado Group holds net cash of US$93m, it can spend on growth, justifying a higher P/E ratio than otherwise.

The Bottom Line On Movado Group’s P/E Ratio

Movado Group’s P/E is 76 which is way above average (17.6) in the US market. The recent drop in earnings per share might keep value investors away, but the healthy balance sheet means the company retains potential for future growth. If fails to eventuate, the current high P/E could prove to be temporary, as the share price falls.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, ‘In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.’ So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

You might be able to find a better buy than Movado Group. 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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