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Here's How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand Korshynov Mining Plant Public Joint Stock Company (MCX:KOGK)

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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 look at Korshynov Mining Plant Public Joint Stock Company's (MCX:KOGK) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. Korshynov Mining Plant has a P/E ratio of 1.97, based on the last twelve months. That means that at current prices, buyers pay RUB1.97 for every RUB1 in trailing yearly profits.

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How Do I Calculate Korshynov Mining Plant's Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Korshynov Mining Plant:

P/E of 1.97 = RUB48800.00 ÷ RUB24775.20 (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing earnings. All else being equal, it's better to pay a low price -- but as Warren Buffett said, 'It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price'.

Does Korshynov Mining Plant Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. If you look at the image below, you can see Korshynov Mining Plant has a lower P/E than the average (6.5) in the metals and mining industry classification.

MISX:KOGK Price Estimation Relative to Market, January 12th 2020

This suggests that market participants think Korshynov Mining Plant will underperform other companies in its industry. While current expectations are low, the stock could be undervalued if the situation is better than the market assumes. 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

Probably the most important factor in determining what P/E a company trades on is the earnings growth. That's because companies that grow earnings per share quickly will rapidly increase the 'E' in the equation. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others -- and that may attract buyers.

Korshynov Mining Plant's earnings made like a rocket, taking off 243% last year. The cherry on top is that the five year growth rate was an impressive 30% per year. So I'd be surprised if the P/E ratio was not above average.

Don't Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits

Don't forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. 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.

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.

How Does Korshynov Mining Plant's Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

With net cash of ₽3.0b, Korshynov Mining Plant has a very strong balance sheet, which may be important for its business. Having said that, at 25% of its market capitalization the cash hoard would contribute towards a higher P/E ratio.

The Verdict On Korshynov Mining Plant's P/E Ratio

Korshynov Mining Plant's P/E is 2.0 which is below average (8.6) in the RU market. It grew its EPS nicely over the last year, and the healthy balance sheet implies there is more potential for growth. The relatively low P/E ratio implies the market is pessimistic.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, 'In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine. 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 find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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