Whirlpool of India (NSE:WHIRLPOOL) has had a rough week with its share price down 6.9%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Whirlpool of India’s ROE today.
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. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How To 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 Whirlpool of India is:
12% = ₹3.1b ÷ ₹26b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every ₹1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn ₹0.12 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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 Whirlpool of India’s Earnings Growth And 12% ROE
On the face of it, Whirlpool of India’s ROE is not much to talk about. Although a closer study shows that the company’s ROE is higher than the industry average of 8.7% which we definitely can’t overlook. This probably goes some way in explaining Whirlpool of India’s moderate 14% growth over the past five years amongst other factors. Bear in mind, the company does have a moderately low ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is lower. Therefore, the growth in earnings could also be the result of other factors. For example, it is possible that the broader industry is going through a high growth phase, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
We then performed a comparison between Whirlpool of India’s net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company’s growth is similar to the average industry growth of 14% in the same period.
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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Whirlpool of India fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Whirlpool of India Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
In Whirlpool of India’s case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 14% (or a retention ratio of 86%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.
Besides, Whirlpool of India has been paying dividends over a period of three years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Whirlpool of India’s performance. In particular, it’s great to see that the company has seen significant growth in its earnings backed by a respectable ROE and a high reinvestment rate.
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