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Layne Christensen Co (NAS:LAYN)
P/B Ratio
1.05 (As of Today)

As of today, Layne Christensen Co's share price is $10.99. Layne Christensen Co's Book Value per Share for the quarter that ended in 201407 was $10.42. Hence, Layne Christensen Co's P/B Ratio of today is 1.05.

Good Sign:

Layne Christensen Co stock P/B Ratio (=1.05) is close to 1-year low of 0.97

LAYN' s 10-Year P/B Ratio Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 3.89
Current: 1.05

0.5
3.89

During the past 13 years, Layne Christensen Co's highest P/B Ratio was 3.89. The lowest was 0.50. And the median was 1.28.

LAYN's P/B Ratiois ranked higher than
75% of the 1131 Companies
in the Global Engineering & Construction industry.

( Industry Median: 1.51 vs. LAYN: 1.05 )

During the past 12 months, Layne Christensen Co's average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was -34.30% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was -17.30% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was -11.40% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate was 7.40% per year.

During the past 13 years, the highest 3-Year average Book Value Per Share Growth Rate of Layne Christensen Co was 45.60% per year. The lowest was -17.30% per year. And the median was 0.90% per year.


Definition

Layne Christensen Co's P/B ratio for today is calculated as follows:

P/B Ratio=Share Price/Book Value per Share (Q: 201407)
=10.99/10.42
=1.05

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:

A closely related ratio is called Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio. The difference between Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio and Price-to-Book Ratio is that book value other than intangibles are used in the calculation.


Explanation

Unlike valuation ratios relative to the earning power such as P/E ratio, P/S ratio or Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio, the Price-to-Book Ratio measures the valuation of the stock relative to the underlying asset of the company.

The Price-to-Book Ratio works the best for the businesses that earn most of their profit from their assets, e.g. banks and insurance companies.


Be Aware

Some businesses have very light assets, such as software companies or insurance agencies. The Price-to-Book Ratio does not work well for these companies. Some companies even have negative equity, so the Price-to-Book Ratio cannot be applied to them.


Related Terms

Book Value per Share, Market Cap, Total Equity, Preferred Stock, P/E ratio, P/S ratio, Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio, Price-to-Tangible-Book Ratio


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Layne Christensen Co Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
pb 2.282.472.671.480.671.051.231.021.091.17

Layne Christensen Co Quarterly Data

Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14Apr14Jul14
pb 0.900.981.011.091.041.221.271.171.301.04
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