With its stock down 36% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações (BVMF:EZTC3). However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Particularly, we will be paying attention to EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' 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.
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
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 EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações is:
12% = R$518m ÷ R$4.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 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$0.12 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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 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.
EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' Earnings Growth And 12% ROE
On the face of it, EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' ROE is not much to talk about. However, given that the company's ROE is similar to the average industry ROE of 13%, we may spare it some thought. Even so, EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações has shown a fairly decent growth in its net income which grew at a rate of 14%. Considering the moderately low ROE, it is quite possible that there might be some other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings 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.
As a next step, we compared EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 38% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 24% (implying that it retains 76% of its income), which is on the lower side, so it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business.
Besides, EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Looking at the current analyst consensus data, we can see that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 62% over the next three years. However, EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações' future ROE is expected to rise to 17% despite the expected increase in the company's payout ratio. We infer that there could be other factors that could be driving the anticipated growth in the company's ROE.
In total, it does look like EZTEC Empreendimentos e Participações has some positive aspects to its business. That is, a decent growth in earnings backed by a high rate of reinvestment. However, we do feel that that earnings growth could have been higher if the business were to improve on the low ROE rate. Especially given how the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
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