Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Kornit Digital Ltd. (NASDAQ:KRNT)?

Kornit Digital (NASDAQ:KRNT) has had a rough three months with its share price down 25%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. In this article, we decided to focus on Kornit Digital’s ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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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 Kornit Digital is:

3.0% = US$10m ÷ US$338m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made $0.03 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or “retain”, we are then able to evaluate a company’s future ability to generate profits. 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.

Kornit Digital’s Earnings Growth And 3.0% ROE

It is hard to argue that Kornit Digital’s ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 13%, the company’s ROE is entirely unremarkable. However, we we’re pleasantly surprised to see that Kornit Digital grew its net income at a significant rate of 24% in the last five years. We believe that there might 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 Kornit Digital’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 9.9% in the same period.

NasdaqGS:KRNT Past Earnings Growth May 11th 2020
NasdaqGS:KRNT Past Earnings Growth May 11th 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Kornit Digital is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Kornit Digital Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Kornit Digital doesn’t pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Conclusion

Overall, we feel that Kornit Digital certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Despite its low rate of return, the fact that the company reinvests a very high portion of its profits into its business, no doubt contributed to its high earnings growth. 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 latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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