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Is Wienerberger AG's (VIE:WIE) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?
Wienerberger (VIE:WIE) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 14% over the last 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 Wienerberger's ROE today.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
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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 Wienerberger is:
23% = €569m ÷ €2.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every €1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of €0.23.
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. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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 Wienerberger's Earnings Growth And 23% ROE
First thing first, we like that Wienerberger has an impressive ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 11% which is quite remarkable. So, the substantial 32% net income growth seen by Wienerberger over the past five years isn't overly surprising.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Wienerberger's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 11% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about Wienerberger's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Wienerberger Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Wienerberger has a three-year median payout ratio of 28% (where it is retaining 72% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. This suggests that its dividend is well covered, and given the high growth we discussed above, it looks like Wienerberger is reinvesting its earnings efficiently.
Additionally, Wienerberger 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. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 29% of its profits over the next three years. Still, forecasts suggest that Wienerberger's future ROE will drop to 13% even though the the company's payout ratio is not expected to change by much.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Wienerberger'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, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink in the future. 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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Wienerberger AG produces and sells bricks, roof tiles, concrete pavers, and pipe systems in Europe.
Very undervalued with outstanding track record and pays a dividend.