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Is It Time To Buy Vonovia SE (ETR:VNA) Based Off Its PE Ratio?

Vernon Smith

I am writing today to help inform people who are new to the stock market and want to begin learning the link between Vonovia SE (ETR:VNA)’s fundamentals and stock market performance.

Vonovia SE (ETR:VNA) trades with a trailing P/E of 8.1x, which is lower than the industry average of 8.7x. While this makes VNA appear like a great stock to buy, you might change your mind after I explain the assumptions behind the P/E ratio. In this article, I will break down what the P/E ratio is, how to interpret it and what to watch out for. View out our latest analysis for Vonovia

Breaking down the P/E ratio

XTRA:VNA PE PEG Gauge June 22nd 18

P/E is a popular ratio used for relative valuation. By comparing a stock’s price per share to its earnings per share, we are able to see how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

P/E Calculation for VNA

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

VNA Price-Earnings Ratio = €40.54 ÷ €5.012 = 8.1x

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 VNA, such as capital structure and profitability. A common peer group is companies that exist in the same industry, which is what I use. At 8.1x, VNA’s P/E is lower than its industry peers (8.7x). This implies that investors are undervaluing each dollar of VNA’s earnings. As such, our analysis shows that VNA represents an under-priced stock.

Assumptions to watch out for

Before you jump to the conclusion that VNA is the perfect buying opportunity, it is important to realise that our conclusion rests on two assertions. The first is that our “similar companies” are actually similar to VNA, or else the difference in P/E might be a result of other factors. For example, if you are comparing lower risk firms with VNA, then its P/E would naturally be lower than its peers, as investors would value those with lower risk at a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing VNA to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold true, VNA’s lower P/E ratio may be because firms in our peer group are overvalued by the market.

What this means for you:

Since you may have already conducted your due diligence on VNA, the undervaluation of the stock may mean it is a good time to top up on your current holdings. But at the end of the day, keep in mind that relative valuation relies heavily on critical assumptions I’ve outlined above. 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 urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VNA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VNA’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has VNA 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 VNA’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 pass 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.