This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We’ll look at SYNNEX Corporation’s (NYSE:SNX) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Based on the last twelve months, SYNNEX’s P/E ratio is 11.1. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 9.0%.
How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?
The formula for P/E is:
Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)
Or for SYNNEX:
P/E of 11.1 = $77.52 ÷ $6.98 (Based on the trailing twelve months to August 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. 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. That’s because companies that grow earnings per share quickly will rapidly increase the ‘E’ in the equation. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. So while a stock may look expensive based on past earnings, it could be cheap based on future earnings.
SYNNEX saw earnings per share decrease by 5.8% last year. But it has grown its earnings per share by 13% per year over the last five years.
How Does SYNNEX’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?
The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. We can see in the image below that the average P/E (23.8) for companies in the electronic industry is higher than SYNNEX’s P/E.
Its relatively low P/E ratio indicates that SYNNEX shareholders think it will struggle to do as well as other companies in its industry classification. Many investors like to buy stocks when the market is pessimistic about their prospects. You should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or selling.
Don’t Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits
The ‘Price’ in P/E reflects the market capitalization of the company. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. Theoretically, a business can improve its earnings (and produce a lower P/E in the future), by taking on debt (or spending its remaining 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.
How Does SYNNEX’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?
SYNNEX has net debt worth 41% of its market capitalization. If you want to compare its P/E ratio to other companies, you should absolutely keep in mind it has significant borrowings.
The Bottom Line On SYNNEX’s P/E Ratio
SYNNEX trades on a P/E ratio of 11.1, which is below the US market average of 17.9. Since it only carries a modest debt load, it’s likely the low expectations implied by the P/E ratio arise from the lack of recent earnings growth.
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: SYNNEX 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).
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