How do you value the JB Hi-Fi share price in June?

What are JB Hi-Fi shares worth today?

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Key points

  • JB Hi-Fi shares have slumped since the beginning of May, registering a yearly low of $36.69 last Friday 
  • The retailer's shares have a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.34 which is more expensive than its nearest competitor, Harvey Norman 
  • The high P/E ratio means that investors are willing to pay more for JB Hi-Fi shares 

The JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) share price tumbled to a 52-week low of $36.69 last week.

The retailer has been hammered by external factors beyond its control which has put selling pressure on its shares.

At Wednesday’s market close, JB Hi-Fi shares finished 0.41% lower to $39.37.

You may be wondering what’s the best way to value a company in the current climate. Here’s one way.

How do you value JB Hi-Fi shares?

A common way among investors to determine if an ASX share is cheap or expensive is to look at the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. This metric tells you how much the company is worth.

A P/E ratio can be broken down as the relationship between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

At the time of writing, JB Hi-Fi has a P/E ratio of 9.34. The formula to work out the P/E ratio is the current share price divided by EPS.

For context, JB Hi-Fi’s peers, Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) and Ltd (ASX: KGN) hold a P/E ratio of 5.71 and 169.49, respectively.

Due to the similar market capitalisation compared to Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi shares are slightly on the more expensive side.

Essentially, what this means is that you are paying $9.34 for every dollar that JB Hi-Fi collects in earnings.

In addition, a P/E ratio shows how much growth can be expected when invested in a company.

For example, a high P/E ratio tells us that investors are happy to pay more per share than what the company is earning. This is extremely common with new market entrants that have the liquidity to pursue high growth opportunities.

On the other hand, a low P/E ratio is more suited to stable companies that have an established market share. It could also mean that its shares are trading at a bargain given the share price fall.

JB Hi-Fi share price summary

Since the start of May, the JB Hi-Fi share price has plummeted 25% on the back of weakened investor sentiment.

Soaring inflation levels mixed with rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia have sent investors fleeing for safe-haven assets.

Shares in a retail environment are always the first to feel the impact of any economic downturn.

JB Hi-Fi has a market capitalisation of approximately $4.32 billion and has roughly 109.33 million shares on issue.

Motley Fool contributor Aaron Teboneras has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. and ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. and ltd. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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