Is SYNNEX Corporation’s (NYSE:SNX) P/E Ratio Really That Good?

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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 look at SYNNEX Corporation’s (NYSE:SNX) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. SYNNEX has a price to earnings ratio of 11.79, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 8.5%.

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How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for SYNNEX:

P/E of 11.79 = $96.06 ÷ $8.14 (Based on the trailing twelve months to May 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. 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.

Does SYNNEX Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. We can see in the image below that the average P/E (17.9) for companies in the electronic industry is higher than SYNNEX’s P/E.

NYSE:SNX Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 15th 2019
NYSE:SNX Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 15th 2019

This suggests that market participants think SYNNEX will underperform other companies in its industry.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.

Most would be impressed by SYNNEX earnings growth of 15% in the last year. And earnings per share have improved by 13% annually, over the last five years. So one might expect an above average P/E ratio.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

Such spending might be good or bad, overall, but the key point here is that you need to look at debt to understand the P/E ratio in context.

SYNNEX’s Balance Sheet

SYNNEX’s net debt is 66% of its market cap. This is enough debt that you’d have to make some adjustments before using the P/E ratio to compare it to a company with net cash.

The Bottom Line On SYNNEX’s P/E Ratio

SYNNEX’s P/E is 11.8 which is below average (18) in the US market. While the EPS growth last year was strong, the significant debt levels reduce the number of options available to management. If it continues to grow, then the current low P/E may prove to be unjustified.

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