Are Desktop S.A.'s (BVMF:DESK3) Fundamentals Good Enough to Warrant Buying Given The Stock's Recent Weakness?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 17, 2022
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With its stock down 20% over the past week, it is easy to disregard Desktop (BVMF:DESK3). 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 Desktop'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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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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 Desktop is:

2.5% = R$22m ÷ R$877m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every R$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated R$0.03 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

Desktop's Earnings Growth And 2.5% ROE

It is hard to argue that Desktop's ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 4.1%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Despite this, surprisingly, Desktop saw an exceptional 36% net income growth over the past five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

As a next step, we compared Desktop's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 31% in the same period.

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BOVESPA:DESK3 Past Earnings Growth March 17th 2022

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. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Desktop is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Desktop Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Desktop doesn't pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Desktop has some positive attributes. Despite its low rate of return, the fact that the company reinvests a very high portion of its profits into its business, no doubt contributed to its high earnings growth. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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