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Read This Before You Buy Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

Blake Harford

This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at Tailored Brands, Inc.’s (NYSE:TLRD) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Based on the last twelve months, Tailored Brands’s P/E ratio is 7.95. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 13%.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

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

Or for Tailored Brands:

P/E of 7.95 = $12.25 ÷ $1.54 (Based on the year to November 2018.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. 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 unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.

Tailored Brands saw earnings per share improve by -9.5% last year. And earnings per share have improved by 99% annually, over the last three years. Unfortunately, earnings per share are down 1.4% a year, over 5 years.

How Does Tailored Brands’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. If you look at the image below, you can see Tailored Brands has a lower P/E than the average (15.2) in the specialty retail industry classification.

NYSE:TLRD PE PEG Gauge January 31st 19

Tailored Brands’s P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry. While current expectations are low, the stock could be undervalued if the situation is better than the market assumes. You should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.

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 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.

Is Debt Impacting Tailored Brands’s P/E?

Tailored Brands’s net debt is considerable, at 180% of its market cap. This is a relatively high level of debt, so the stock probably deserves a relatively low P/E ratio. Keep that in mind when comparing it to other companies.

The Bottom Line On Tailored Brands’s P/E Ratio

Tailored Brands has a P/E of 7.9. That’s below the average in the US market, which is 16.7. While the recent EPS growth is a positive, the significant amount of debt on the balance sheet may be contributing to pessimistic market expectations.

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. 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 visualization of the analyst consensus on future earnings could help you make the right decision about whether to buy, sell, or hold.

But note: Tailored Brands may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with strong recent earnings growth (and a P/E ratio below 20).

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.