Has FONAR Corporation’s (NASDAQ:FONR) Impressive Stock Performance Got Anything to Do With Its Fundamentals?

FONAR (NASDAQ:FONR) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 23% over the last month. As most would know, fundamentals are what usually guide market price movements over the long-term, so we decided to look at the company’s key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. In this article, we decided to focus on FONAR’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. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

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

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

13% = US$17m ÷ US$126m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.13 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 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.

FONAR’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To begin with, FONAR seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company’s ROE is similar to the industry average of 12%. FONAR’s decent returns aren’t reflected in FONAR’smediocre five year net income growth average of 4.1%. So, there could be some other factors at play that could be impacting the company’s growth. For instance, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.

We then compared FONAR’s net income growth with the industry and found that the company’s growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 13% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.

NasdaqCM:FONR Past Earnings Growth May 21st 2020
NasdaqCM:FONR Past Earnings Growth May 21st 2020

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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. Is FONAR fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is FONAR Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

FONAR doesn’t pay any dividend, meaning that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business. However, this doesn’t explain the low earnings growth the company has seen. So there could be some other explanation in that regard. For instance, the company’s business may be deteriorating.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that FONAR has some positive attributes. Yet, the low earnings growth is a bit concerning, especially given that the company has a high rate of return and is reinvesting ma huge portion of its profits. By the looks of it, there could be some other factors, not necessarily in control of the business, that’s preventing growth. 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. To know the 2 risks we have identified for FONAR visit our risks dashboard for free.

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