Is Ashley Services Group Limited's (ASX:ASH) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 19, 2020

Ashley Services Group's (ASX:ASH) stock is up by a considerable 18% over the past month. 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 Ashley Services Group's ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for Ashley Services Group

How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Ashley Services Group is:

20% = AU$5.1m ÷ AU$26m (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every A$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn A$0.20 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.

Ashley Services Group's Earnings Growth And 20% ROE

At first glance, Ashley Services Group seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 15% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. This probably laid the ground for Ashley Services Group's significant 61% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. 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 Ashley Services Group's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 10% in the same period, which is great to see.

ASX:ASH Past Earnings Growth November 19th 2020

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. Is Ashley Services Group fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Ashley Services Group Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 71% (implying that it keeps only 29% of profits) for Ashley Services Group suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.

Besides, Ashley Services Group has been paying dividends over a period of six years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with Ashley Services Group's performance. Especially the high ROE, Which has contributed to the impressive growth seen in earnings. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. You can do your own research on Ashley Services Group 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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