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Read This Before You Buy Firan Technology Group Corporation (TSE:FTG) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

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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 Firan Technology Group Corporation's (TSE:FTG), to help you decide if the stock is worth further research. Firan Technology Group has a P/E ratio of 14.18, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 7.1%.

Check out our latest analysis for Firan Technology Group

How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Firan Technology Group:

P/E of 14.18 = CA$3.48 ÷ CA$0.25 (Based on the trailing twelve months to May 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing earnings. 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.

Does Firan Technology Group Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

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 (15.5) for companies in the electronic industry is higher than Firan Technology Group's P/E.

TSX:FTG Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 2nd 2019

Firan Technology Group'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 Firan Technology Group, it's quite possible it could surprise on the upside. It is arguably worth checking if insiders are buying shares, because that might imply they believe the stock is undervalued.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Companies that shrink earnings per share quickly will rapidly decrease the 'E' in the equation. That means unless the share price falls, the P/E will increase in a few years. A higher P/E should indicate the stock is expensive relative to others -- and that may encourage shareholders to sell.

Firan Technology Group's earnings made like a rocket, taking off 316% last year. The sweetener is that the annual five year growth rate of 59% is also impressive. So I'd be surprised if the P/E ratio was not above average. Regrettably, the longer term performance is poor, with EPS down -59% per year over 3 years.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. That means it doesn't take debt or cash into account. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

While growth expenditure doesn't always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.

Firan Technology Group's Balance Sheet

Firan Technology Group's net debt is 2.9% of its market cap. So it doesn't have as many options as it would with net cash, but its debt would not have much of an impact on its P/E ratio.

The Verdict On Firan Technology Group's P/E Ratio

Firan Technology Group has a P/E of 14.2. That's around the same as the average in the CA market, which is 14. When you consider the impressive EPS growth last year (along with some debt), it seems the market has questions about whether rapid EPS growth will be sustained. Since analysts are predicting growth will continue, one might expect to see a higher P/E so it may be worth looking closer.

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.' So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

Of course you might be able to find a better stock than Firan Technology Group. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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