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Should You Be Tempted To Buy Grupa RECYKL SA (WSE:GRC) Because Of Its PE Ratio?

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Joseph Holm
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This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to learn about the link between company’s fundamentals and stock market performance.

Grupa RECYKL SA (WSE:GRC) is currently trading at a trailing P/E of 9.4x, which is lower than the industry average of 12x. Although some investors may jump to the conclusion that this is a great buying opportunity, understanding the assumptions behind the P/E ratio might change your mind. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for.

Check out our latest analysis for Grupa RECYKL

Breaking down the Price-Earnings ratio

WSE:GRC PE PEG Gauge September 13th 18
WSE:GRC PE PEG Gauge September 13th 18

P/E is often used for relative valuation since earnings power is a chief driver of investment value. It compares a stock’s price per share to the stock’s earnings per share. A more intuitive way of understanding the P/E ratio is to think of it as how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

P/E Calculation for GRC

Price-Earnings Ratio = Price per share ÷ Earnings per share

GRC Price-Earnings Ratio = PLN21.2 ÷ PLN2.255 = 9.4x

The P/E ratio isn’t a metric you view in isolation and only becomes useful when you compare it against other similar companies. We preferably want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar features to GRC, such as capital structure and profitability. One way of gathering a peer group is to use firms in the same industry, which is what I’ll do. At 9.4, GRC’s P/E is lower than its industry peers (12). This implies that investors are undervaluing each dollar of GRC’s earnings. This multiple is a median of profitable companies of 20 Commercial Services companies in PL including Drop, ViDiS and Gielda Praw Majatkowych Vindexus Spolka Akcyjna. You can think of it like this: the market is suggesting that GRC is a weaker business than the average comparable company.

Assumptions to be aware of

However, there are two important assumptions you should be aware of. The first is that our “similar companies” are actually similar to GRC, or else the difference in P/E might be a result of other factors. For example, if you compared higher growth firms with GRC, then its P/E would naturally be lower since investors would reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing GRC to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold, there is a possibility that GRC’s P/E is lower because our peer group is overvalued by the market.

What this means for you:

You may have already conducted fundamental analysis on the stock as a shareholder, so its current undervaluation could signal a good buying opportunity to increase your exposure to GRC. Now that you understand the ins and outs of the PE metric, you should know to bear in mind its limitations before you make an investment decision. Remember that basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PE ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GRC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GRC’s outlook.

  2. Past Track Record: Has GRC been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of GRC’s historicals for more clarity.

  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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.