Fiducial Real Estate’s (EPA:ORIA) stock is up by 3.0% over the past month. We wonder if and what role the company’s financials play in that price change as a company’s long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Fiducial Real Estate’s ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.
How To 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 Fiducial Real Estate is:
8.0% = €30m ÷ €379m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).
The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every €1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of €0.08.
Why Is ROE Important For 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don’t necessarily bear these characteristics.
A Side By Side comparison of Fiducial Real Estate’s Earnings Growth And 8.0% ROE
When you first look at it, Fiducial Real Estate’s ROE doesn’t look that attractive. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 10%, the company’s ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. However, the moderate 6.7% net income growth seen by Fiducial Real Estate over the past five years is definitely a positive. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. 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.
As a next step, we compared Fiducial Real Estate’s net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company’s growth is lower than the industry average growth of 23% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Has the market priced in the future outlook for ORIA? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report
Is Fiducial Real Estate Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Fiducial Real Estate’s three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 17% (implying that it retains 83% of its income), which is on the lower side, so it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business.
Additionally, Fiducial Real Estate 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.
On the whole, we do feel that Fiducial Real Estate has some positive attributes. That is, a decent growth in earnings backed by a high rate of reinvestment. However, we do feel that that earnings growth could have been higher if the business were to improve on the low ROE rate. Especially given how the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits. While we won’t completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. Our risks dashboard will have the 1 risk we have identified for Fiducial Real Estate.
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