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Liquidity Services (NAS:LQDT) PE Ratio

: 30.37 (As of Today)
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The PE Ratio, or Price-to-Earnings ratio, or P/E Ratio, is a financial ratio used to compare a company's market price to its Earnings per Share (Diluted). As of today (2024-04-13), Liquidity Services's share price is $17.92. Liquidity Services's Earnings per Share (Diluted) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.59. Therefore, Liquidity Services's PE Ratio for today is 30.37.

Warning Sign:

Liquidity Services Inc stock PE Ratio (=30.37) is close to 2-year high of 32.17

During the past 13 years, Liquidity Services's highest PE Ratio was 116.94. The lowest was 7.51. And the median was 17.33.

Liquidity Services's EPS (Diluted) for the three months ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.06. Its EPS (Diluted) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.59.

As of today (2024-04-13), Liquidity Services's share price is $17.92. Liquidity Services's EPS without NRI for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.66. Therefore, Liquidity Services's PE Ratio without NRI ratio for today is 27.15.

During the past 13 years, Liquidity Services's highest PE Ratio without NRI was 6510.00. The lowest was 9.24. And the median was 20.05.

Liquidity Services's EPS without NRI for the three months ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.06. Its EPS without NRI for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.66.

During the past 12 months, Liquidity Services's average EPS without NRI Growth Rate was 5.90% per year.

During the past 13 years, Liquidity Services's highest 3-Year average EPS without NRI Growth Rate was 92.60% per year. The lowest was -44.10% per year. And the median was 28.60% per year.

Liquidity Services's EPS (Basic) for the three months ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.06. Its EPS (Basic) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was $0.62.

Back to Basics: PE Ratio


Liquidity Services PE Ratio Historical Data

The historical data trend for Liquidity Services's PE Ratio can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Liquidity Services Annual Data
Trend Sep14 Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18 Sep19 Sep20 Sep21 Sep22 Sep23
PE Ratio
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only At Loss At Loss 14.90 13.55 27.11

Liquidity Services Quarterly Data
Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23
PE Ratio Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 11.52 13.17 23.24 27.11 29.17

Competitive Comparison

For the Internet Retail subindustry, Liquidity Services's PE Ratio, along with its competitors' market caps and PE Ratio data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


Liquidity Services PE Ratio Distribution

For the Retail - Cyclical industry and Consumer Cyclical sector, Liquidity Services's PE Ratio distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Liquidity Services's PE Ratio falls into.



Liquidity Services PE Ratio Calculation

The PE Ratio, or Price-to-Earnings ratio, or P/E Ratio, is a financial ratio used to compare a company's market price to its Earnings per Share (Diluted). It is the most widely used ratio in the valuation of stocks.

Liquidity Services's PE Ratio for today is calculated as

PE Ratio=Share Price/Earnings per Share (Diluted) (TTM)
=17.92/0.590
=30.37

Liquidity Services's Share Price of today is $17.92.
Liquidity Services's Earnings per Share (Diluted) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $0.59.


* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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


There are at least three kinds of PE Ratios used by different investors. They are Trailing Twelve Month PE Ratio, Forward PE Ratio, or PE Ratio without NRI. A new PE Ratio based on inflation-adjusted normalized PE Ratio is called Shiller PE Ratio, after Yale professor Robert Shiller.

In the calculation of PE Ratio, the earnings per share used are the earnings per share over the past 12 months. For Forward PE Ratio, the earnings are the expected earnings for the next twelve months. In the case of PE Ratio without NRI, the reported earnings less the non-recurring items are used.

For Shiller PE Ratio, the earnings of the past 10 years are inflation-adjusted and averaged. Since it looks at the average over the last 10 years, Shiller PE Ratio is also called PE10.


Liquidity Services  (NAS:LQDT) PE Ratio Explanation

The PE Ratio can be viewed as the number of years it takes for the company to earn back the price you pay for the stock. For example, if a company earns $2 a share per year, and the stock is traded at $30, the PE Ratio is 15. Therefore it takes 15 years for the company to earn back the $30 you paid for its stock, assuming the earnings stays constant over the next 15 years.

In real business, earnings never stay constant. If a company can grow its earnings, it takes fewer years for the company to earn back the price you pay for the stock. If a company's earnings decline it takes more years. As a shareholder, you want the company to earn back the price you pay as soon as possible. Therefore, lower P/E stocks are more attractive than higher P/E stocks so long as the PE Ratio is positive. Also for stocks with the same PE Ratio, the one with faster growth business is more attractive.

If a company loses money, the PE Ratio becomes meaningless.

To compare stocks with different growth rates, Peter Lynch invented a ratio called PEG Ratio. PEG Ratio is defined as the PE Ratio divided by the growth ratio. He thinks a company with a PE Ratio equal to its growth rate is fairly valued. Still he said he would rather buy a company growing 20% a year with a PE Ratio of 20, instead of a company growing 10% a year with a PE Ratio of 10.

Because the PE Ratio measures how long it takes to earn back the price you pay, the PE Ratio can be applied to the stocks across different industries. That is why it is the one of the most important and widely used indicators for the valuation of stocks.

Similar to the PE Ratio without NRI or PS Ratio or Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow or Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow , the PE Ratio measures the valuation based on the earning power of the company. This is where it is different from the PB Ratio , which measures the valuation based on the company's balance sheet.


Be Aware

Investors need to be aware that the PE Ratio can be misleading a lot of times, especially when the underlying business is cyclical and unpredictable. As Peter Lynch pointed out, cyclical businesses have higher profit margins at the peaks of the business cycles. Their earnings are high and PE Ratios are artificially low. It is usually a bad idea to buy a cyclical business when the PE Ratio is low. A better ratio to identify the time to buy a cyclical businesses is the PS Ratio.

PE Ratio can also be affected by non-recurring-items such as the sale of part of businesses. This may increase for the current year or quarter dramatically. But it cannot be repeated over and over. Therefore PE Ratio without NRI is a more accurate indication of valuation than PE Ratio.


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Liquidity Services (NAS:LQDT) Business Description

Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
6931 Arlington Road, Suite 460, Bethesda, MD, USA, 20814
Liquidity Services Inc is an online auction marketplace. It manages and sells inventory and equipment for business and government clients by operating a network of e-commerce marketplaces that enable buyers and sellers to transact in an efficient, automated environment offering across different product categories. The company has four reportable segments: GovDeals, Capital Assets Group (CAG), Retail Supply Chain Group (RSCG), and Machinio. It generates majority of its revenue from Retail Supply Chain Group (RSCG) segment which consists of marketplaces that enable corporations located in the United States and Canada to sell excess, returned, and overstocked consumer goods. Geographically, a substantial portion the company's revenue is generated from its business in United States.
Executives
Steven Weiskircher officer: SVP & CTO 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
Angrick William P Iii director, 10 percent owner, officer: Chairman of the Board and CEO C/O LIQUIDITY SERVICES, INC., 1920 L STREET, N.W., 6TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON DC 20036
Novelette Murray officer: Chief Human Resources Officer 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
John Daunt officer: EVP & COO C/O 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
George H Ellis director 2911 TURTLE CREEK BOULEVARD, SUITE 1100, DALLAS TX 75219
Jorge Celaya officer: EVP & Chief Financial Officer 1920 L STREET NW, 6TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON DC 20036
Katharin S Dyer director 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
Thierno Amath Fall director 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
Jaime Mateus-tique director, 10 percent owner, officer: President and Chief Op Officer 1920 L STREET, N.W., 6TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON DC 20036
Mark A Shaffer officer: VP, Gen. Counsel & Secretary C/O LIQUIDITY SERVICES, INC., 1920 L STREET, N.W., 6TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON DC 20036
Edward Kolodzieski director C/O LIQUIDITY SERVICES, INC., 1920 L STREET, N.W., 6TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON DC 20036
Nicholas Rozdilsky officer: Vice President, Marketing C/O 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
Beatriz V Infante director 4 TECHNOLOGY PARK DRIVE, SONUS NETWORKS, INC., WESTFORD MA 01886
Sam Guzman officer: VP & Chief Accounting Officer C/O 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, SUITE 200, BETHESDA MD 20814
Michael Lutz officer: VP, Human Resources C/O 6931 ARLINGTON ROAD, BETHESDA MD 20814