i. Explain carefully what is meant by a price earnings ratio.
ii Utilising a valuation model identify and briefly discuss the theoretical determinants of the ratio.
iii Briefly discuss some of the other factors that might influence the value of a company's reported P/E ratio.
Choose a sample of four quoted companies that provide a range of values for price earnings ratios. Using both theoretical reasoning and information relating to the companies, explain and discuss the possible reasons for the differences in the reported price earnings ratios of these companies.