Most readers would already be aware that Gibraltar Industries’ (NASDAQ:ROCK) stock increased significantly by 35% over the past 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 Gibraltar Industries’ 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.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
ROE 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 Gibraltar Industries is:
11% = US$78m ÷ US$710m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated $0.11 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Gibraltar Industries’ Earnings Growth And 11% ROE
To start with, Gibraltar Industries’ ROE looks acceptable. Further, the company’s ROE is similar to the industry average of 13%. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the impressive net income growth of 39% seen over the past five years by Gibraltar Industries. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Gibraltar Industries’ growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. If you’re wondering about Gibraltar Industries”s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Gibraltar Industries Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
While the company did pay out a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn’t pay a dividend. This is likely what’s driving the high earnings growth number discussed above.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Gibraltar Industries’ performance. In particular, it’s great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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