This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at MSG Networks Inc’s (NYSE:MSGN) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. MSG Networks has a price to earnings ratio of 6.88, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 15%.
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 MSG Networks:
P/E of 6.88 = $26.37 ÷ $3.83 (Based on the year to June 2018.)
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.
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. When earnings grow, the ‘E’ increases, over time. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.
Notably, MSG Networks grew EPS by a whopping 72% in the last year. And its annual EPS growth rate over 5 years is 9.9%. So we’d generally expect it to have a relatively high P/E ratio.
How Does MSG Networks’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?
We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. We can see in the image below that the average P/E (11.1) for companies in the media industry is higher than MSG Networks’s P/E.
MSG Networks’s P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry. Since the market seems unimpressed with MSG Networks, it’s quite possible it could surprise on the upside. If you consider the stock interesting, further research is recommended. For example, I often monitor director buying and selling.
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.
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 MSG Networks’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?
MSG Networks’s net debt is 52% 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 Bottom Line On MSG Networks’s P/E Ratio
MSG Networks trades on a P/E ratio of 6.9, which is below the US market average of 18.5. The company may have significant debt, but EPS 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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