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Is Tile Shop Holdings, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TTS) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?

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The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll show how Tile Shop Holdings, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TTS) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. Tile Shop Holdings has a P/E ratio of 58.19, based on the last twelve months. That corresponds to an earnings yield of approximately 1.7%.

Check out our latest analysis for Tile Shop Holdings

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 Tile Shop Holdings:

P/E of 58.19 = $2.97 $0.05 (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. That isn't a good or a bad thing on its own, but a high P/E means that buyers have a higher opinion of the business's prospects, relative to stocks with a lower P/E.

Does Tile Shop Holdings Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (14.7) for companies in the specialty retail industry is a lot lower than Tile Shop Holdings's P/E.

NasdaqGS:TTS Price Estimation Relative to Market, October 3rd 2019

Its relatively high P/E ratio indicates that Tile Shop Holdings shareholders think it will perform better than other companies in its industry classification. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. 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

When earnings fall, the 'E' decreases, over time. That means even if the current P/E is low, it will increase over time if the share price stays flat. So while a stock may look cheap based on past earnings, it could be expensive based on future earnings.

Tile Shop Holdings shrunk earnings per share by 35% over the last year. And EPS is down 28% a year, over the last 5 years. This could justify a pessimistic P/E.

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

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. That means it doesn't take debt or cash into account. 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 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 Tile Shop Holdings's Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

Tile Shop Holdings's net debt equates to 39% of its market capitalization. While it's worth keeping this in mind, it isn't a worry.

The Bottom Line On Tile Shop Holdings's P/E Ratio

Tile Shop Holdings's P/E is 58.2 which suggests the market is more focussed on the future opportunity rather than the current level of earnings. With a bit of debt, but a lack of recent growth, it's safe to say the market is expecting improved profit performance from the company, in the next few years.

Investors should be looking to buy stocks that the market is wrong about. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, 'In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine. So this free report on the analyst consensus forecasts could help you make a master move on this stock.

You might be able to find a better buy than Tile Shop Holdings. If you want a selection of possible winners, check out this free list of interesting companies that trade on a P/E below 20 (but have proven they can grow earnings).

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