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Here’s How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand Two River Bancorp (NASDAQ:TRCB)

This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at Two River Bancorp’s (NASDAQ:TRCB) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Based on the last twelve months, Two River Bancorp’s P/E ratio is 15.03. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 6.7%.

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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 Two River Bancorp:

P/E of 15.03 = $15.07 ÷ $1 (Based on the year to September 2018.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each $1 of company 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.’

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 unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Two River Bancorp shrunk earnings per share by 4.0% last year. But EPS is up 11% over the last 5 years.

How Does Two River Bancorp’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can get an indication of market expectations by looking at the P/E ratio. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (15.7) for companies in the banks industry is roughly the same as Two River Bancorp’s P/E.

NasdaqGM:TRCB PE PEG Gauge November 30th 18

Two River Bancorp’s P/E tells us that market participants think its prospects are roughly in line with its industry. So if Two River Bancorp actually outperforms its peers going forward, that should be a positive for the share price. Further research into factors such asmanagement tenure, could help you form your own view on whether that is likely.

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

It’s important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. 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.

Two River Bancorp’s Balance Sheet

Two River Bancorp’s net debt is 30% of its market cap. This is a reasonably significant level of debt — all else being equal you’d expect a much lower P/E than if it had net cash.

The Verdict On Two River Bancorp’s P/E Ratio

Two River Bancorp trades on a P/E ratio of 15, which is below the US market average of 18. With only modest debt, it’s likely the lack of EPS growth at least partially explains the pessimism implied by the P/E ratio.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. 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. So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

You might be able to find a better buy than Two River Bancorp. If you want a selection of possible winners, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a P/E below 20 (but have proven they can grow earnings).

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.