Are Robust Financials Driving The Recent Rally In Objective Corporation Limited’s (ASX:OCL) Stock?

Objective (ASX:OCL) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 83% over the last three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. Specifically, we decided to study Objective’s ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Objective is:

31% = AU$11m ÷ AU$35m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every A$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn A$0.31 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

Objective’s Earnings Growth And 31% ROE

To begin with, Objective has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 13% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. This likely paved the way for the modest 15% net income growth seen by Objective over the past five years. growth

As a next step, we compared Objective’s net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 11%.

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ASX:OCL Past Earnings Growth September 16th 2020

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Objective fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Objective Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Objective has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 50%, meaning that it is left with only 50% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Additionally, Objective has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 60%. Still, forecasts suggest that Objective’s future ROE will rise to 38% even though the the company’s payout ratio is not expected to change by much.

Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with Objective’s performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that’s not too bad. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. To know more about the company’s future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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