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Do You Know What Insecticides (India) Limited's (NSE:INSECTICID) P/E Ratio Means?

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This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll apply a basic P/E ratio analysis to Insecticides (India) Limited's (NSE:INSECTICID), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. What is Insecticides (India)'s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 11.32. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 8.8%.

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How Do You Calculate Insecticides (India)'s P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Insecticides (India):

P/E of 11.32 = ₹672.6 ÷ ₹59.42 (Based on the year to March 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 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.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Generally speaking the rate of earnings growth has a profound impact on a company's P/E multiple. Earnings growth means that in the future the 'E' will be higher. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.

Notably, Insecticides (India) grew EPS by a whopping 46% in the last year. And it has bolstered its earnings per share by 23% per year over the last five years. With that performance, I would expect it to have an above average P/E ratio.

How Does Insecticides (India)'s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. If you look at the image below, you can see Insecticides (India) has a lower P/E than the average (13.7) in the chemicals industry classification.

NSEI:INSECTICID Price Estimation Relative to Market, June 16th 2019

Insecticides (India)'s P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry. Many investors like to buy stocks when the market is pessimistic about their prospects. It is arguably worth checking if insiders are buying shares, because that might imply they believe the stock is undervalued.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. So it won't reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. 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.

How Does Insecticides (India)'s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Insecticides (India)'s net debt is 20% of its market cap. It would probably deserve a higher P/E ratio if it was net cash, since it would have more options for growth.

The Verdict On Insecticides (India)'s P/E Ratio

Insecticides (India) has a P/E of 11.3. That's below the average in the IN market, which is 15.8. The company hasn't stretched its balance sheet, and earnings growth was good last year. If the company can continue to grow earnings, then the current P/E may be unjustifiably low.

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