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Should We Worry About ANTA Sports Products Limited's (HKG:2020) P/E Ratio?

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This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll show how ANTA Sports Products Limited's (HKG:2020) P/E ratio could help you assess the value on offer. ANTA Sports Products has a price to earnings ratio of 30.96, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 3.2%.

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How Do I Calculate ANTA Sports Products's Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price (in reporting currency) ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for ANTA Sports Products:

P/E of 30.96 = CN¥47.32 (Note: this is the share price in the reporting currency, namely, CNY ) ÷ CN¥1.53 (Based on the year to December 2018.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each HK$1 the company has earned over the last year. 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. If earnings are growing quickly, then the 'E' in the equation will increase faster than it would otherwise. And in that case, the P/E ratio itself will drop rather quickly. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others -- and that may attract buyers.

Notably, ANTA Sports Products grew EPS by a whopping 31% in the last year. And earnings per share have improved by 24% annually, over the last five years. I'd therefore be a little surprised if its P/E ratio was not relatively high.

Does ANTA Sports Products Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. As you can see below, ANTA Sports Products has a higher P/E than the average company (10.3) in the luxury industry.

SEHK:2020 Price Estimation Relative to Market, May 9th 2019

ANTA Sports Products's P/E tells us that market participants think the company will perform better than its industry peers, going forward. Shareholders are clearly optimistic, but the future is always uncertain. So further research is always essential. I often monitor director buying and selling.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

It's important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. 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).

Spending on growth might be good or bad a few years later, but the point is that the P/E ratio does not account for the option (or lack thereof).

ANTA Sports Products's Balance Sheet

ANTA Sports Products has net cash of CN¥9.2b. That should lead to a higher P/E than if it did have debt, because its strong balance sheets gives it more options.

The Bottom Line On ANTA Sports Products's P/E Ratio

ANTA Sports Products's P/E is 31 which is above average (11.8) in the HK market. Its net cash position is the cherry on top of its superb EPS growth. So based on this analysis we'd expect ANTA Sports Products to have a high P/E ratio.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. People often underestimate remarkable growth -- so investors can make money when fast growth is not fully appreciated. 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.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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