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Zale Corp (NYSE:ZLC)
P/S Ratio
0.45 (As of Today)

As of today, Zale Corp's share price is \$21.13. Zale Corp's Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was \$46.54. Hence, Zale Corp's P/S Ratio for today is 0.45.

Zale Corp's Revenue per Share for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was \$14.58. Its Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was \$46.54.

Definition

The P/S Ratio is another ratio widely used to value stocks. It was first used by Ken Fisher.

Zale Corp's P/S Ratio for today is calculated as

 P/S Ratio = Share Price / Revenue per Share (TTM) = 21.13 / 46.536 = 0.45

Zale Corp's Share Price of today is \$21.13.
Zale Corp's Revenue per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was 11.271 (Apr. 2013 ) + 9.607 (Jul. 2013 ) + 11.077 (Oct. 2013 ) + 14.581 (Jan. 2014 ) = \$46.54.

* 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:

 P/E Ratio = Market Cap / Revenue

The revenue here is for the trailing 12 months.

Explanation

The P/S ratio is an excellent valuation indicator if you want to compare a stock with its historical valuation or with the stocks in the same industry. The P/S ratio works especially well when you want to compare the stocks current valuation with its historical valuation. The P/S ratio is a great valuation tool for evaluating cyclical businesses where the P/E ratio works poorly. It works the best when comparing the current valuation with the historical valuation because over time, a companys profit margin tends to revert to the mean.

When the P/S ratio is applied to the whole stock market, it can be used to evaluate the current market valuation and projected returns. In this case, the price is the total market cap of all stocks that are traded, and sales are the GDP of the country. This is how Warren Buffett estimates the broad market valuation and project future returns.

Similar to the Price/Earnings ratio and Price/Cash Flow or Price/Free Cash Flow, the P/E ratio measures the valuation based on the earning power of the company. This is where it is different from Price/Book ratio, which measures the valuation based on the companys balance sheet.

Be Aware

The P/S ratio does not tell you how cheap or expensive the stock is. It cannot be used to compare companies in different industries. It works better for companies within the same industry because these companies tend to have similar capital structures and profit margins. It works the best when comparing a company with itself in the past.

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Historical Data

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

Zale Corp Annual Data

 Jul04 Jul05 Jul06 Jul07 Jul08 Jul09 Jul10 Jul11 Jul12 Jul13 ps 0.63 0.74 0.52 0.43 0.43 0.11 0.03 0.11 0.05 0.19

Zale Corp Quarterly Data

 Oct11 Jan12 Apr12 Jul12 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 ps 0.07 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.13 0.09 0.09 0.19 0.32 0.32
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