Should Weakness in Sequoia Logística e Transportes S.A.'s (BVMF:SEQL3) Stock Be Seen As A Sign That Market Will Correct The Share Price Given Decent Financials?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 15, 2021
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It is hard to get excited after looking at Sequoia Logística e Transportes' (BVMF:SEQL3) recent performance, when its stock has declined 20% over the past month. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on Sequoia Logística e Transportes' 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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for Sequoia Logística e Transportes

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 Sequoia Logística e Transportes is:

1.5% = R$9.3m ÷ R$601m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every R$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn R$0.02 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. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

Sequoia Logística e Transportes' Earnings Growth And 1.5% ROE

As you can see, Sequoia Logística e Transportes' ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 11%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. However, the moderate 8.2% net income growth seen by Sequoia Logística e Transportes over the past five years is definitely a positive. We believe that there might be 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.

Next, on comparing Sequoia Logística e Transportes' net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 9.5% in the same period.

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BOVESPA:SEQL3 Past Earnings Growth August 16th 2021

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for SEQL3? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is Sequoia Logística e Transportes Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Summary

In total, it does look like Sequoia Logística e Transportes has some positive aspects to its business. 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 company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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