Price to Book Value (PB) ratio is a popular stock valuation metric, easily understood and commonly-found.

However, PB has its flaws and there are blind spots in its application. I wish to address in this education piece.

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PB The Low-Down

A company owns assets to run its business. The assets comprise those sourced from loans/debt/liability, and the other part from shareholders’ fund ie equity. So intuitively, only the assets funded by shareholders represent to true worth of a company (the rest of