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Endeavour Mining plc's (TSE:EDV) Stock On An Uptrend: Could Fundamentals Be Driving The Momentum?
Most readers would already be aware that Endeavour Mining's (TSE:EDV) stock increased significantly by 30% over the past three months. As most would know, fundamentals are what usually guide market price movements over the long-term, so we decided to look at the company's key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. In this article, we decided to focus on Endeavour Mining's ROE.
Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Endeavour Mining is:
2.7% = US$119m ÷ US$4.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every CA$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn CA$0.03 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.
Endeavour Mining's Earnings Growth And 2.7% ROE
As you can see, Endeavour Mining's ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 11%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Despite this, surprisingly, Endeavour Mining saw an exceptional 35% 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 Endeavour Mining'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 34% in the same period.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 EDV? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Endeavour Mining Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 57% (implying that it keeps only 43% of profits) for Endeavour Mining suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.
Along with seeing a growth in earnings, Endeavour Mining only recently started paying dividends. Its quite possible that the company was looking to impress its shareholders. Existing analyst estimates suggest that the company's future payout ratio is expected to drop to 38% over the next three years. Accordingly, the expected drop in the payout ratio explains the expected increase in the company's ROE to 9.2%, over the same period.
Overall, we feel that Endeavour Mining certainly does have some positive factors to consider. That is, quite an impressive growth in earnings. However, the low profit retention means that the company's earnings growth could have been higher, had it been reinvesting a higher portion of its profits. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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Endeavour Mining plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a gold mining company in West Africa.
Very undervalued with flawless balance sheet.