Is Salcef Group S.p.A.’s (BIT:SCF) Stock’s Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

Salcef Group’s (BIT:SCF) stock is up by a considerable 15% 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. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Salcef Group’s ROE today.

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.

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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Salcef Group is:

15% = €39m ÷ €260m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every €1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated €0.15 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. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Salcef Group’s Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

To begin with, Salcef Group seems to have a respectable ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 12% the company’s ROE looks pretty impressive. Probably as a result of this, Salcef Group was able to see an impressive net income growth of 32% over the last five years. 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.

We then compared Salcef Group’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 17% in the same period.

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BIT:SCF Past Earnings Growth July 17th 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 SCF fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is Salcef Group Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The three-year median payout ratio for Salcef Group is 41%, which is moderately low. The company is retaining the remaining 59%. So it seems that Salcef Group is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees impressive growth in its earnings (discussed above) and pays a dividend that’s well covered.

Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 45% of its profits over the next three years. As a result, Salcef Group’s ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 15% for future ROE.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Salcef Group’s performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company’s fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst’s forecasts page for the company.

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