Will Weakness in Pulse Seismic Inc.'s (TSE:PSD) Stock Prove Temporary Given Strong Fundamentals?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 23, 2022
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With its stock down 11% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Pulse Seismic (TSE:PSD). But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Pulse Seismic's ROE in this article.

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 Pulse Seismic is:

49% = CA$22m ÷ CA$44m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every CA$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of CA$0.49.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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.

Pulse Seismic's Earnings Growth And 49% ROE

First thing first, we like that Pulse Seismic has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 14% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Probably as a result of this, Pulse Seismic was able to see a decent net income growth of 6.8% over the last five years.

We then performed a comparison between Pulse Seismic's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 6.8% in the same period.

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TSX:PSD Past Earnings Growth February 23rd 2022

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. Is Pulse Seismic fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Pulse Seismic Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

In Pulse Seismic's case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 3.1% (or a retention ratio of 97%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.

Besides, Pulse Seismic has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Pulse Seismic's performance has been quite good. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Not to forget, share price outcomes are also dependent on the potential risks a company may face. So it is important for investors to be aware of the risks involved in the business. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Pulse Seismic visit our risks dashboard for free.

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