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Should You Buy Ciner Resources LP (NYSE:CINR) At This PE Ratio?

Arjun Bhatia

I am writing today to help inform people who are new to the stock market and want to begin learning the link between Ciner Resources LP (NYSE:CINR)’s fundamentals and stock market performance.

Ciner Resources LP (NYSE:CINR) is trading with a trailing P/E of 12.9x, which is lower than the industry average of 16.7x. While CINR might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions. Today, I will deconstruct the P/E ratio and highlight what you need to be careful of when using the P/E ratio. View out our latest analysis for Ciner Resources

Breaking down the P/E ratio

NYSE:CINR PE PEG Gauge June 22nd 18

P/E is a popular ratio used for relative valuation. It compares a stock’s price per share to the stock’s earnings per share. A more intuitive way of understanding the P/E ratio is to think of it as how much investors are paying for each dollar of the company’s earnings.

P/E Calculation for CINR

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

CINR Price-Earnings Ratio = $26.15 ÷ $2.03 = 12.9x

The P/E ratio itself doesn’t tell you a lot; however, it becomes very insightful when you compare it with other similar companies. We want to compare the stock’s P/E ratio to the average of companies that have similar characteristics as CINR, such as size and country of operation. A quick method of creating a peer group is to use companies in the same industry, which is what I will do. Since CINR’s P/E of 12.9x is lower than its industry peers (16.7x), it means that investors are paying less than they should for each dollar of CINR’s earnings. Therefore, according to this analysis, CINR is an under-priced stock.

A few caveats

Before you jump to the conclusion that CINR is the perfect buying opportunity, it is important to realise that our conclusion rests on two assertions. Firstly, our peer group contains companies that are similar to CINR. If this isn’t the case, the difference in P/E could be due to other factors. For example, if you compared higher growth firms with CINR, then its P/E would naturally be lower since investors would reward its peers’ higher growth with a higher price. The second assumption that must hold true is that the stocks we are comparing CINR to are fairly valued by the market. If this does not hold true, CINR’s lower P/E ratio may be because firms in our peer group are overvalued by the market.

What this means for you:

You may have already conducted fundamental analysis on the stock as a shareholder, so its current undervaluation could signal a good buying opportunity to increase your exposure to CINR. Now that you understand the ins and outs of the PE metric, you should know to bear in mind its limitations before you make an investment decision. 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 highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

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