Price/Book of Leaf Group Ltd.
The price to book ratio, or P/B ratio, is a financial ratio used to compare a company's current market price to its book value. It is also sometimes known as a market to book ratio or price to equity ratio. The calculation of a price to book ratio can be performed in two ways. It can be calculated as the company's market capitalization divided by the company's total book value from its balance sheet. It can also be calculated using per-share values and dividing a company's current share price by the book value per share (i.e. its book value divided by the number of outstanding shares).
The P/B ratio varies between industries. The industries that require more infrastructure capital (for each dollar of profit) will usually trade at P/B ratios much lower than, for example, consulting firms. P/B ratios are commonly used to compare banks, because most assets and liabilities of banks are constantly valued at market values. A higher P/B ratio implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets, all else equal (and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value).
P/B ratios do not, however, directly provide any information on the ability of the firm to generate profits or cash for shareholders. This ratio also gives some idea of whether an investor is paying too much for what would be left if the company went bankrupt immediately. For companies in distress, the book value is usually calculated without the intangible assets that would have no resale value. In such cases, P/B should also be calculated on a "diluted" basis, because stock options may well vest on sale of the company or change of control or firing of management.
Leaf Group Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified Internet company worldwide. The company builds platforms across its marketplace and media properties to enable community of creators to reach audiences of various lifestyle categories. Its marketplaces service offering operates Society6.com, which provides artists with an online commerce platform to feature and sell their original designs on art prints and other products in the home décor, accessories, and apparel categories; SaatchiArt.com, an online art gallery featuring a selection of original paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography that provides a global community of artists an environment to exhibit and sell their work directly to consumers worldwide; and The Other Art Fair, an art fair for artists to present and sell their work directly to art buyers. The company's media service offering comprise Cuteness.com, a community for pet owners and animal lovers; Techwalla.com, a site that provides reviews and information on technology products for your home and family; LEAF.tv, a site with content in living, eating, and fashion; Sapling.com, a source for information on personal finance; eHow, a do-it-yourself reference destination that provides practical solutions to fix, build, create, or learn problems of life; and Livestrong.com, a health and healthy living destination with library of health, fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition articles and videos. In addition, Leaf Group, through its content publishing studio, creates content for third-party publishers and brands. The company was formerly known as Demand Media, Inc. and changed its name to Leaf Group Ltd. in November 2016. Leaf Group Ltd. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.