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Is Dalata Hotel Group plc's (ISE:DHG) P/E Ratio Really That Good?

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Today, we'll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. To keep it practical, we'll show how Dalata Hotel Group plc's (ISE:DHG) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, Dalata Hotel Group has a P/E ratio of 11.74. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 8.5%.

See our latest analysis for Dalata Hotel Group

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 Dalata Hotel Group:

P/E of 11.74 = €4.8 ÷ €0.41 (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

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.

How Does Dalata Hotel Group's P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. If you look at the image below, you can see Dalata Hotel Group has a lower P/E than the average (19.5) in the hospitality industry classification.

ISE:DHG Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 12th 2019

Dalata Hotel Group's P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry. While current expectations are low, the stock could be undervalued if the situation is better than the market assumes. If you consider the stock interesting, further research is recommended. For example, I often monitor director buying and selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

P/E ratios primarily reflect market expectations around earnings growth rates. If earnings are growing quickly, then the 'E' in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

Dalata Hotel Group increased earnings per share by 9.7% last year. And its annual EPS growth rate over 3 years is 41%.

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

The 'Price' in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. 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).

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.

How Does Dalata Hotel Group's Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Net debt is 30% of Dalata Hotel Group's market cap. You'd want to be aware of this fact, but it doesn't bother us.

The Bottom Line On Dalata Hotel Group's P/E Ratio

Dalata Hotel Group trades on a P/E ratio of 11.7, which is fairly close to the IE market average of 11.7. When you consider the modest EPS growth last year (along with some debt), it seems the market thinks the growth is sustainable.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. If it is underestimating a company, investors can make money by buying and holding the shares until the market corrects itself. So this free visual report on analyst forecasts could hold the key to an excellent investment decision.

You might be able to find a better buy than Dalata Hotel 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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