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Read This Before You Buy Estoril Sol, SGPS, S.A. (ELI:ESON) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

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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 Estoril Sol, SGPS, S.A.'s (ELI:ESON) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. Estoril Sol SGPS has a price to earnings ratio of 9.76, based on the last twelve months. That means that at current prices, buyers pay €9.76 for every €1 in trailing yearly profits.

Check out our latest analysis for Estoril Sol SGPS

How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

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

Or for Estoril Sol SGPS:

P/E of 9.76 = €10.1 ÷ €1.04 (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each €1 the company has earned over the last year. That isn't necessarily good or bad, but a high P/E implies relatively high expectations of what a company can achieve in the future.

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. If earnings are growing quickly, then the 'E' in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. 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.

Estoril Sol SGPS increased earnings per share by 2.0% last year. And its annual EPS growth rate over 3 years is 34%.

How Does Estoril Sol SGPS'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 Estoril Sol SGPS has a lower P/E than the average (19.5) in the hospitality industry classification.

ENXTLS:ESON Price Estimation Relative to Market, June 18th 2019

This suggests that market participants think Estoril Sol SGPS will underperform other companies in its industry. Since the market seems unimpressed with Estoril Sol SGPS, 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

It's important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. Theoretically, a business can improve its earnings (and produce a lower P/E in the future) by investing in growth. That means taking on debt (or spending its cash).

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.

Estoril Sol SGPS's Balance Sheet

Estoril Sol SGPS has net cash of €42m. This is fairly high at 35% of its market capitalization. That might mean balance sheet strength is important to the business, but should also help push the P/E a bit higher than it would otherwise be.

The Bottom Line On Estoril Sol SGPS's P/E Ratio

Estoril Sol SGPS has a P/E of 9.8. That's below the average in the PT market, which is 14. Earnings improved over the last year. And the net cash position gives the company many options. So it's strange that the low P/E indicates low expectations.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. If it is underestimating a company, investors can make money by buying and holding the shares until the market corrects itself. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization 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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