Why Télévision Française 1 SA’s (EPA:TFI) High P/E Ratio Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

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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 look at Télévision Française 1 SA’s (EPA:TFI) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. Télévision Française 1 has a P/E ratio of 14.55, based on the last twelve months. In other words, at today’s prices, investors are paying €14.55 for every €1 in prior year profit.

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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 Télévision Française 1:

P/E of 14.55 = €8.87 ÷ €0.61 (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that buyers have to pay a higher price for each €1 the company has earned over the last year. All else being equal, it’s better to pay a low price — but as Warren Buffett said, ‘It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.’

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. Earnings growth means that in the future the ‘E’ will be higher. That means even if the current P/E is high, it will reduce over time if the share price stays flat. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Télévision Française 1 saw earnings per share decrease by 6.3% last year. But over the longer term (5 years) earnings per share have increased by 5.1%.

How Does Télévision Française 1’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio indicates whether the market has higher or lower expectations of a company. You can see in the image below that the average P/E (12.4) for companies in the media industry is lower than Télévision Française 1’s P/E.

ENXTPA:TFI Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 14th 2019

That means that the market expects Télévision Française 1 will outperform other companies in its industry. The market is optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t guarantee future growth. So investors should delve deeper. I like to check if company insiders have been buying or 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. Thus, the metric does not reflect cash or debt held by the company. Hypothetically, a company could reduce its future P/E ratio by spending its cash (or taking on debt) to achieve higher earnings.

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.

Is Debt Impacting Télévision Française 1’s P/E?

Télévision Française 1’s net debt is 1.5% of its market cap. So it doesn’t have as many options as it would with net cash, but its debt would not have much of an impact on its P/E ratio.

The Bottom Line On Télévision Française 1’s P/E Ratio

Télévision Française 1 has a P/E of 14.5. That’s around the same as the average in the FR market, which is 15.6. When you consider the lack of EPS growth last year (along with some debt), it seems the market is optimistic about the future for the business.

When the market is wrong about a stock, it gives savvy investors an opportunity. 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 visual report on analyst forecasts could hold the key to an excellent investment decision.

Of course you might be able to find a better stock than Télévision Française 1. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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