Priner Serviços Industriais S.A.'s (BVMF:PRNR3) Stock Has Shown Weakness Lately But Financial Prospects Look Decent: Is The Market Wrong?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
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It is hard to get excited after looking at Priner Serviços Industriais' (BVMF:PRNR3) recent performance, when its stock has declined 15% over the past month. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. Specifically, we decided to study Priner Serviços Industriais' 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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

See our latest analysis for Priner Serviços Industriais

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) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Priner Serviços Industriais is:

6.3% = R$14m ÷ R$229m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every R$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn R$0.06 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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 company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

Priner Serviços Industriais' Earnings Growth And 6.3% ROE

It is quite clear that Priner Serviços Industriais' ROE is rather low. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 9.2%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. Although, we can see that Priner Serviços Industriais saw a modest net income growth of 9.6% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

We then compared Priner Serviços Industriais' net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 14% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.

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BOVESPA:PRNR3 Past Earnings Growth May 12th 2022

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. Is Priner Serviços Industriais fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Priner Serviços Industriais Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

In Priner Serviços Industriais' case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 16% (or a retention ratio of 84%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.

Conclusion

In total, it does look like Priner Serviços Industriais has some positive aspects to its business. Specifically, its fairly high earnings growth number, which no doubt was backed by the company's high earnings retention. Still, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping a lot of benefit to the investors. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Priner Serviços Industriais visit our risks dashboard for free.

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