Unfortunately for some shareholders, the G5 Entertainment (STO:G5EN) share price has dived 31% in the last thirty days. The recent drop has obliterated the annual return, with the share price now down 18% over that longer period.
All else being equal, a share price drop should make a stock more attractive to potential investors. In the long term, share prices tend to follow earnings per share, but in the short term prices bounce around in response to short term factors (which are not always obvious). So, on certain occasions, long term focussed investors try to take advantage of pessimistic expectations to buy shares at a better price. One way to gauge market expectations of a stock is to look at its Price to Earnings Ratio (PE Ratio). Investors have optimistic expectations of companies with higher P/E ratios, compared to companies with lower P/E ratios.
Does G5 Entertainment Have A Relatively High Or Low P/E For Its Industry?
G5 Entertainment's P/E of 16.61 indicates relatively low sentiment towards the stock. The image below shows that G5 Entertainment has a lower P/E than the average (70.3) P/E for companies in the entertainment industry.
G5 Entertainment's P/E tells us that market participants think it will not fare as well as its peers in the same industry. Since the market seems unimpressed with G5 Entertainment, it's quite possible it could surprise on the upside. It is arguably worth checking if insiders are buying shares, because that might imply they believe the stock is undervalued.
How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios
Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. When earnings grow, the 'E' increases, over time. Therefore, even if you pay a high multiple of earnings now, that multiple will become lower in the future. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others -- and that may attract buyers.
G5 Entertainment shrunk earnings per share by 65% over the last year. But EPS is up 45% over the last 5 years.
Don't Forget: The P/E Does Not Account For Debt or Bank Deposits
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. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.
Such spending might be good or bad, overall, but the key point here is that you need to look at debt to understand the P/E ratio in context.
Is Debt Impacting G5 Entertainment's P/E?
G5 Entertainment has net cash of kr152m. This is fairly high at 20% of its market capitalization. That might mean balance sheet strength is important to the business, but should also help push the P/E a bit higher than it would otherwise be.
The Verdict On G5 Entertainment's P/E Ratio
G5 Entertainment trades on a P/E ratio of 16.6, which is below the SE market average of 18.2. Falling earnings per share are likely to be keeping potential buyers away, but the net cash position means the company has time to improve: if so, the low P/E could be an opportunity. Given G5 Entertainment's P/E ratio has declined from 24.2 to 16.6 in the last month, we know for sure that the market is significantly less confident about the business today, than it was back then. For those who prefer to invest with the flow of momentum, that might be a bad sign, but for a contrarian, it may signal opportunity.
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