Most readers would already be aware that Cleanaway Waste Management's (ASX:CWY) stock increased significantly by 10% over the past week. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. Specifically, we decided to study Cleanaway Waste Management's 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. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Cleanaway Waste Management is:
4.4% = AU$113m ÷ AU$2.6b (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$0.04 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Cleanaway Waste Management's Earnings Growth And 4.4% ROE
On the face of it, Cleanaway Waste Management's ROE is not much to talk about. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 14% either. In spite of this, Cleanaway Waste Management was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 31% in the last five years. We reckon that there could 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.
We then compared Cleanaway Waste Management's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 4.5% in the same period.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Cleanaway Waste Management's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Cleanaway Waste Management Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 52% (implying that it keeps only 48% of profits) for Cleanaway Waste Management suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.
Additionally, Cleanaway Waste Management has paid dividends over a period of six years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 56%. However, Cleanaway Waste Management's ROE is predicted to rise to 7.4% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.
Overall, we feel that Cleanaway Waste Management certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Namely, its high earnings growth. We do however feel that the earnings growth number could have been even higher, had the company been reinvesting more of its earnings and paid out less dividends. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.
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