Most readers would already be aware that Rectifier Technologies' (ASX:RFT) stock increased significantly by 20% over the past three months. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study Rectifier Technologies' ROE in this article.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. 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 Rectifier Technologies is:
19% = AU$1.8m ÷ AU$9.6m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every A$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated A$0.19 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. 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 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.
Rectifier Technologies' Earnings Growth And 19% ROE
At first glance, Rectifier Technologies seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 7.7% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. Probably as a result of this, Rectifier Technologies was able to see an impressive net income growth of 26% over the last five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Rectifier Technologies' growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.
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. 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 Rectifier Technologies''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Rectifier Technologies Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 75% (implying that it keeps only 25% of profits) for Rectifier Technologies suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.
On the whole, we feel that Rectifier Technologies' performance has been quite good. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. To gain further insights into Rectifier Technologies' past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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