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# Should Weakness in BB Seguridade Participações S.A.'s (BVMF:BBSE3) Stock Be Seen As A Sign That Market Will Correct The Share Price Given Decent Financials?

BB Seguridade Participações (BVMF:BBSE3) has had a rough three months with its share price down 18%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. In this article, we decided to focus on BB Seguridade Participações' ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

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### How Is ROE Calculated?

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 BB Seguridade Participações is:

60% = R\$3.9b ÷ R\$6.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every R\$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of R\$0.60.

### 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. 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 BB Seguridade Participações' Earnings Growth And 60% ROE

First thing first, we like that BB Seguridade Participações has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 22% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Probably as a result of this, BB Seguridade Participações was able to see a decent net income growth of 6.4% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared BB Seguridade 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 12% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 BBSE3 fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

### Is BB Seguridade Participações Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 85% (or a retention ratio of 15%) for BB Seguridade Participações suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Additionally, BB Seguridade Participações has paid dividends over a period of eight years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 81%. Therefore, the company's future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 69%.

### Summary

On the whole, we do feel that BB Seguridade Participações has some positive attributes. Its earnings have grown respectably as we saw earlier, which was likely due to the company reinvesting its earnings at a pretty high rate of return. However, given the high ROE, we do think that the company is reinvesting a small portion of its profits. This could likely be preventing the company from growing to its full extent. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. 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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