Price to Sales

Indicator Description

The most critical factor to remember is that the price of equity takes a firm's debt into account, whereas the sales indicators do not consider financial leverage. Generally speaking, Price to Sales ratio shows how much market values every dollar of the company's sales.

P/S 
 = 
MV Per Share 
Revenue Per Share 

Price to Sales ratio is typically used for valuing equity relative to its own past performance as well as to performance of other companies or market indexes. In most cases, the lower the ratio, the better it is for investors. However, it is advisable for investors to exercise caution when looking at price-to-sales ratios across different industries.

Price to Sales In A Nutshell

Price to sales is also known as the P/S ratio. Typically the numbers that are used are trailing twelve months or TTM. What makes this different than the P/E ratio is it can be used for unprofitable companies. When you use this type of ratio, it is important to use it with similar companies because the ratio alone has minimal impact.

There are many different valuation methodologies out there. Similar to target pricing, you can find and interpret numbers in many different ways. Certainly many numbers are hard facts, but others not so much. Price to sales ratio is used with evaluating potential stock investments. It is calculated by taking the market cap of the company and dividing it by the revenue.

Closer Look at Price to Sales

Typically people tend to shy away from unprofitable companies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to fail as a business. This ratio is a useful tool for a substitute for the P/E ratio. When using this, be sure to also maintain the analysis within the same sector in the market. As with many ratios, they vary greatly from sector to sector. There are many different ratios out there and price to sales can become a useful one, especially for those companies that are unprofitable and the P/E ratio may not work.

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