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# Is Korvest Ltd's (ASX:KOV) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

Korvest (ASX:KOV) 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 companyâ€™s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the companyâ€™s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. Specifically, we decided to study Korvest's ROE in this article.

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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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### How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) Ã· Shareholders' Equity

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

12% = AU\$4.0m Ã· AU\$33m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every A\$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of A\$0.12.

### Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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 companyâ€™s earnings growth potential. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that donâ€™t share these attributes.

### Korvest's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

To begin with, Korvest seems to have a respectable ROE. Even when compared to the industry average of 11% the company's ROE looks quite decent. This certainly adds some context to Korvest's exceptional 39% net income growth seen over the past five years. However, there could also be other drivers behind this growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

As a next step, we compared Korvest's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 35% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Korvest's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

### Is Korvest Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Korvest has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 83%, meaning the company only retains 17% of its income. This implies that the company has been able to achieve high earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Moreover, Korvest is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.

### Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with Korvest's performance. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. You can do your own research on Korvest and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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