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A Sliding Share Price Has Us Looking At Tyman plc's (LON:TYMN) P/E Ratio

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Unfortunately for some shareholders, the Tyman (LON:TYMN) share price has dived 50% in the last thirty days. That drop has capped off a tough year for shareholders, with the share price down 44% in that time.

Assuming nothing else has changed, a lower share price makes a stock more attractive to potential buyers. While the market sentiment towards a stock is very changeable, in the long run, the share price will tend to move in the same direction as earnings per share. So, on certain occasions, long term focussed investors try to take advantage of pessimistic expectations to buy shares at a better price. One way to gauge market expectations of a stock is to look at its Price to Earnings Ratio (PE Ratio). A high P/E implies that investors have high expectations of what a company can achieve compared to a company with a low P/E ratio.

Check out our latest analysis for Tyman

How Does Tyman's P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

We can tell from its P/E ratio of 15.53 that there is some investor optimism about Tyman. The image below shows that Tyman has a higher P/E than the average (11.3) P/E for companies in the building industry.

LSE:TYMN Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 20th 2020
LSE:TYMN Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 20th 2020

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Tyman shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Clearly the market expects growth, but it isn't guaranteed. So investors should always consider the P/E ratio alongside other factors, such as whether company directors have been buying shares.

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.

Tyman shrunk earnings per share by 34% over the last year. But EPS is up 10% over the last 5 years. And over the longer term (3 years) earnings per share have decreased 8.8% annually. This might lead to low expectations.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

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 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.

Tyman's Balance Sheet

Tyman's net debt is 59% 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 Tyman's P/E Ratio

Tyman's P/E is 15.5 which is above average (11.2) in its market. With significant debt and no EPS growth last year, shareholders are betting on an improvement in earnings from the company. Given Tyman's P/E ratio has declined from 31.2 to 15.5 in the last month, we know for sure that the market is significantly less confident about the business today, than it was back then. For those who prefer to invest with the flow of momentum, that might be a bad sign, but for a contrarian, it may signal opportunity.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. If the reality for a company is better than it expects, you can make money by buying and holding for the long term. So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

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.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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