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Despite Its High P/E Ratio, Is Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI) Still Undervalued?

Lee Kay

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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 Sirius XM Holdings Inc.’s (NASDAQ:SIRI) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Sirius XM Holdings has a P/E ratio of 22.92, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 4.4%.

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How Do You Calculate Sirius XM Holdings’s P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Sirius XM Holdings:

P/E of 22.92 = $6.04 ÷ $0.26 (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each $1 of company earnings. 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

Probably the most important factor in determining what P/E a company trades on is the earnings growth. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

Sirius XM Holdings increased earnings per share by a whopping 89% last year. And its annual EPS growth rate over 5 years is 26%. With that performance, I would expect it to have an above average P/E ratio.

How Does Sirius XM Holdings’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. As you can see below, Sirius XM Holdings has a higher P/E than the average company (12.4) in the media industry.

NASDAQGS:SIRI PE PEG Gauge February 5th 19

Sirius XM Holdings’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 delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.

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

Don’t forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. That means it doesn’t take debt or cash into account. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

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.

Sirius XM Holdings’s Balance Sheet

Sirius XM Holdings’s net debt is 24% of its market cap. It would probably deserve a higher P/E ratio if it was net cash, since it would have more options for growth.

The Bottom Line On Sirius XM Holdings’s P/E Ratio

Sirius XM Holdings’s P/E is 22.9 which is above average (16.8) in the US market. The company is not overly constrained by its modest debt levels, and it is growing earnings per share. So it does not seem strange that the P/E is above average.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.