PAX Global Technology Limited (SEHK:327) is trading with a trailing P/E of 11.6x, which is lower than the industry average of 11.8x. While 327 might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for. See our latest analysis for PAX Global Technology
Breaking down the Price-Earnings ratio
P/E is a popular ratio used for relative valuation. 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 327
Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share
327 Price-Earnings Ratio = HK$4.27 ÷ HK$0.367 = 11.6x
The P/E ratio itself doesn’t tell you a lot; however, it becomes very insightful 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 327, such as capital structure and profitability. One way of gathering a peer group is to use firms in the same industry, which is what I’ll do. Since 327’s P/E of 11.6x is lower than its industry peers (11.8x), it means that investors are paying less than they should for each dollar of 327’s earnings. As such, our analysis shows that 327 represents an under-priced stock.
A few caveats
Before you jump to the conclusion that 327 is the perfect buying opportunity, it is important to realise that our conclusion rests on two assertions. Firstly, our peer group contains companies that are similar to 327. If this isn’t the case, the difference in P/E could be due to other factors. For example, if you compared higher growth firms with 327, then its P/E would naturally be lower since investors would reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing 327 to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold, there is a possibility that 327’s P/E is lower because our peer group is overvalued by the market.
What this means for you:
If your personal research into the stock confirms what the P/E ratio is telling you, it might be a good time to add more of 327 to your portfolio. But keep in mind that the usefulness of relative valuation depends on whether you are comfortable with making the assumptions I mentioned 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:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 327’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 327’s outlook.
- Past Track Record: Has 327 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 327’s historicals for more clarity.
- 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.