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Joe,

Since the company name isn't listed, I can't find the correct information. Hopefully this response will point you in the right direction.

(1) As to the reported P/E, different databases use different numbers. Some use historical earnings in the "E" denominator, while others use estimated earnings for the current year. In addition, some databases include extraordinary charges while others include them. I would assume the 12.8 multiple listed by Yahoo differs from the 11 in the Motley Fool for one of these reasons.

(2) The Fool Ratio is the (% EPS growth)/(P/E Ratio). It looks like percents are getting mixed up with whole numbers. One of the two is probably occuring:

(a) The 1999 growth estimate on Yahoo is the earnings growth rate, not the earnings estimate. The 3.20 means 320%, not earnings of $3.20. If this is the case, you wouldn't need to calculate the EPS growth rate(that yields 31.25). You could just use the published EPS growth rate. (One point of caution: finding an estimate of sustainable long-term growth, not just results for one or two years, may provide a more meaningful number.)

(2) Alternatively, the 340% EPS growth rate is not the % growth rate but projected EPS for next year. If this is the case, our database has a bad figure. Please let us know and we will try to correct it.

Fool on,

Warren




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