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Should You Be Tempted To Sell Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPB) Because Of Its P/E Ratio?

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This article is written for those who want to get better at using price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll show how Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MPB) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Looking at earnings over the last twelve months, Mid Penn Bancorp has a P/E ratio of 14.24. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 7.0%.

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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 Mid Penn Bancorp:

P/E of 14.24 = $25.11 ÷ $1.76 (Based on the year to March 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each $1 of company 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.

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. If earnings are growing quickly, then the 'E' in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. That means unless the share price increases, the P/E will reduce in a few years. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others -- and that may attract buyers.

Mid Penn Bancorp increased earnings per share by a whopping 35% last year. And its annual EPS growth rate over 5 years is 2.6%. So we'd generally expect it to have a relatively high P/E ratio.

Does Mid Penn Bancorp 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. As you can see below, Mid Penn Bancorp has a higher P/E than the average company (12.7) in the banks industry.

NasdaqGM:MPB Price Estimation Relative to Market, June 21st 2019

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Mid Penn Bancorp shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

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

Don't forget that the P/E ratio considers market capitalization. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. The exact same company would hypothetically deserve a higher P/E ratio if it had a strong balance sheet, than if it had a weak one with lots of debt, because a cashed up company can spend on 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.

How Does Mid Penn Bancorp's Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Mid Penn Bancorp's net debt is 13% of its market cap. That's enough debt to impact the P/E ratio a little; so keep it in mind if you're comparing it to companies without debt.

The Bottom Line On Mid Penn Bancorp's P/E Ratio

Mid Penn Bancorp has a P/E of 14.2. That's below the average in the US market, which is 18. The company does have a little debt, and EPS growth was good last year. If the company can continue to grow earnings, then the current P/E may be unjustifiably low. Given analysts are expecting further growth, one might have expected a higher P/E ratio. That may be worth further research.

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