Could The Market Be Wrong About FORTEC Elektronik AG (ETR:FEV) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

With its stock down 22% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard FORTEC Elektronik (ETR:FEV). But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on FORTEC Elektronik’s ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.

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How Do You 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 FORTEC Elektronik is:

12% = €5.2m ÷ €43m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every €1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of €0.12.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learnt that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or “retains” for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don’t have the same features.

FORTEC Elektronik’s Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

To begin with, FORTEC Elektronik seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 10%. This probably laid the ground for FORTEC Elektronik’s significant 22% net income growth seen over the past five years. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

We then compared FORTEC Elektronik’s net income growth with the industry and we’re pleased to see that the company’s growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 14% in the same period.

XTRA:FEV Past Earnings Growth May 1st 2020
XTRA:FEV Past Earnings Growth May 1st 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. Is FORTEC Elektronik fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is FORTEC Elektronik Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

FORTEC Elektronik has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 55%, meaning the company only retains 45% of its income. This implies that the company has been able to achieve high earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Moreover, FORTEC Elektronik is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 48% of its profits over the next three years. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that FORTEC Elektronik’s future ROE will be 11% which is again, similar to the current ROE.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with FORTEC Elektronik’s performance. Especially the high ROE, Which has contributed to the impressive growth seen in earnings. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down. 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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