We've been asking ourselves recently if the market has placed a fair valuation on Deere & Company. Let's dive into some of the fundamental values of this large-cap Industrials company to determine if there might be an opportunity here for value-minded investors.
Deere & Company manufactures and distributes various equipment worldwide. The company belongs to the Industrials sector, which has an average price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.49 and an average price to book (P/B) ratio of 3.78. In contrast, Deere & Company has a trailing 12 month P/E ratio of 14.3 and a P/B ratio of 5.22.
P/B ratios are calculated by dividing the company's market value by its equity's book value. Equity refers to all of the company's assets minus its liabilities. Traditionally, a P/B ratio of around 1 shows that a company is fairly valued, but owing to consistently higher valuations in the modern era, investors generally compare against sector averages.
When we divide Deere & Company's P/E ratio by its expected five-year EPS growth rate, we obtain a PEG ratio of 0.89, which indicates that the market is undervaluing the company's projected growth (a PEG ratio of 1 indicates a fairly valued company). Your analysis of the stock shouldn't end here. Rather, a good PEG ratio should alert you that it may be worthwhile to take a closer look at the stock.