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What Does TESSCO Technologies Incorporated's (NASDAQ:TESS) P/E Ratio Tell You?

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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 TESSCO Technologies Incorporated's (NASDAQ:TESS) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. What is TESSCO Technologies's P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 62.59. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 1.6%.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for TESSCO Technologies:

P/E of 62.59 = $14.02 ÷ $0.22 (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

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.

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

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. As you can see below, TESSCO Technologies has a higher P/E than the average company (30.5) in the communications industry.

NasdaqGS:TESS Price Estimation Relative to Market, August 19th 2019

That means that the market expects TESSCO Technologies will outperform other companies in its industry. 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.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

If earnings fall then in the future the 'E' will be lower. That means even if the current P/E is low, it will increase over time if the share price stays flat. Then, a higher P/E might scare off shareholders, pushing the share price down.

TESSCO Technologies's earnings per share fell by 67% in the last twelve months. And EPS is down 35% a year, over the last 5 years. This growth rate might warrant a below average P/E ratio.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. 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 expenditure might be good or bad, in the long term, but the point here is that the balance sheet is not reflected by this ratio.

Is Debt Impacting TESSCO Technologies's P/E?

TESSCO Technologies has net debt worth 17% of its market capitalization. That's enough debt to impact the P/E ratio a little; so keep it in mind if you're comparing it to companies without debt.

The Bottom Line On TESSCO Technologies's P/E Ratio

TESSCO Technologies's P/E is 62.6 which suggests the market is more focussed on the future opportunity rather than the current level of earnings. With a bit of debt, but a lack of recent growth, it's safe to say the market is expecting improved profit performance from the company, in the next few years.

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