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Does China Advanced Construction Materials Group Inc’s (NASDAQ:CADC) PE Ratio Warrant A Buy?

Luis Baughman

China Advanced Construction Materials Group Inc (NASDAQ:CADC) trades with a trailing P/E of 10.1x, which is lower than the industry average of 16.4x. Although some investors may jump to the conclusion that this is a great buying opportunity, understanding the assumptions behind the P/E ratio might change your mind. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for. Check out our latest analysis for China Advanced Construction Materials Group

Breaking down the Price-Earnings ratio

NasdaqCM:CADC PE PEG Gauge May 24th 18

The P/E ratio is a popular ratio used in relative valuation since earnings power is a key driver of investment value. It compares a stock’s price per share to the stock’s earnings per share. A more intuitive way of understanding the P/E ratio is to think of it as how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

P/E Calculation for CADC

Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share

CADC Price-Earnings Ratio = $2.65 ÷ $0.263 = 10.1x

On its own, the P/E ratio doesn’t tell you much; however, it becomes extremely useful when you compare it with other similar companies. We preferably want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar features to CADC, such as capital structure and profitability. A common peer group is companies that exist in the same industry, which is what I use. CADC’s P/E of 10.1x is lower than its industry peers (16.4x), which implies that each dollar of CADC’s earnings is being undervalued by investors. As such, our analysis shows that CADC represents an under-priced stock.

A few caveats

However, before you rush out to buy CADC, it is important to note that this conclusion is based on two key assumptions. Firstly, our peer group contains companies that are similar to CADC. If this isn’t the case, the difference in P/E could be due to other factors. For example, if you are comparing lower risk firms with CADC, then its P/E would naturally be lower than its peers, as investors would value those with lower risk at a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing CADC to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold true, CADC’s lower P/E ratio may be because firms in our peer group are overvalued by the market.

What this means for you:

Since you may have already conducted your due diligence on CADC, the undervaluation of the stock may mean it is a good time to top up on your current holdings. But at the end of the day, keep in mind that relative valuation relies heavily on critical assumptions I’ve outlined above. Remember that basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PE ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is CADC’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Past Track Record: Has CADC been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of CADC’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.