The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll show how you can use Come Sure Group (Holdings) Limited's (HKG:794) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Come Sure Group (Holdings) has a price to earnings ratio of 4.93, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 20.3%.
How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?
The formula for P/E is:
Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)
Or for Come Sure Group (Holdings):
P/E of 4.93 = HKD0.58 ÷ HKD0.12 (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)
Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?
A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each HKD1 of company earnings. That isn't a good or a bad thing on its own, but a high P/E means that buyers have a higher opinion of the business's prospects, relative to stocks with a lower P/E.
Does Come Sure Group (Holdings) Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?
The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. We can see in the image below that the average P/E (12.2) for companies in the packaging industry is higher than Come Sure Group (Holdings)'s P/E.
Its relatively low P/E ratio indicates that Come Sure Group (Holdings) shareholders think it will struggle to do as well as other companies in its industry classification. Many investors like to buy stocks when the market is pessimistic about their prospects. 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. When earnings grow, the 'E' increases, over time. And in that case, the P/E ratio itself will drop rather quickly. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.
Come Sure Group (Holdings) saw earnings per share decrease by 36% last year.
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. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.
While growth expenditure doesn't always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.
Come Sure Group (Holdings)'s Balance Sheet
Come Sure Group (Holdings)'s net debt is 60% of its market cap. This is enough debt that you'd have to make some adjustments before using the P/E ratio to compare it to a company with net cash.
The Verdict On Come Sure Group (Holdings)'s P/E Ratio
Come Sure Group (Holdings)'s P/E is 4.9 which is below average (10.5) in the HK market. When you consider that the company has significant debt, and didn't grow EPS last year, it isn't surprising that the market has muted expectations.
When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. If the reality for a company is not as bad as the P/E ratio indicates, then the share price should increase as the market realizes this. We don't have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Of course you might be able to find a better stock than Come Sure Group (Holdings). So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.
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