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Should We Worry About Public Joint Stock Company Rostelecom's (MCX:RTKM) 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). We'll show how you can use Public Joint Stock Company Rostelecom's (MCX:RTKM) P/E ratio to inform your assessment of the investment opportunity. Rostelecom has a P/E ratio of 11.04, based on the last twelve months. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 9.1%.

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How Do I Calculate Rostelecom's Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Rostelecom:

P/E of 11.04 = RUB84.03 ÷ RUB7.61 (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2019.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio implies that investors pay a higher price for the earning power of the business. That is not a good or a bad thing per se, but a high P/E does imply buyers are optimistic about the future.

Does Rostelecom 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 Rostelecom has a P/E ratio that is fairly close for the average for the telecom industry, which is 11.0.

MISX:RTKM Price Estimation Relative to Market, November 13th 2019

Rostelecom's P/E tells us that market participants think its prospects are roughly in line with its industry. The company could surprise by performing better than average, in the future. Checking factors such as director buying and selling. could help you form your own view on if that will happen.

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. Then, a lower P/E should attract more buyers, pushing the share price up.

Rostelecom increased earnings per share by 4.0% last year. And earnings per share have improved by 12% annually, over the last three years.

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

It's important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. That means it doesn't take debt or cash into account. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

While growth expenditure doesn't always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.

Rostelecom's Balance Sheet

Rostelecom's net debt is considerable, at 108% of its market cap. This level of debt justifies a relatively low P/E, so remain cognizant of the debt, if you're comparing it to other stocks.

The Verdict On Rostelecom's P/E Ratio

Rostelecom trades on a P/E ratio of 11.0, which is above its market average of 7.3. With relatively high debt, and reasonably modest earnings per share growth over twelve months, it's safe to say the market believes the company will improve its growth in the future.

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