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Do Its Financials Have Any Role To Play In Driving Swisscom AG's (VTX:SCMN) Stock Up Recently?
Swisscom (VTX:SCMN) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 14% over the last three months. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study Swisscom's ROE in this article.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
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How To 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 Swisscom is:
14% = CHF1.6b ÷ CHF11b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every CHF1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn CHF0.14 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. 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Swisscom's Earnings Growth And 14% ROE
At first glance, Swisscom seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 14%. Despite the modest returns, Swisscom's five year net income growth was quite low, averaging at only 2.1%. So, there could be some other factors at play that could be impacting the company's growth. For instance, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.
As a next step, we compared Swisscom's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 14% 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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Has the market priced in the future outlook for SCMN? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Swisscom Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
With a high three-year median payout ratio of 69% (or a retention ratio of 31%), most of Swisscom's profits are being paid to shareholders. This definitely contributes to the low earnings growth seen by the company.
In addition, Swisscom has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 68% of its profits over the next three years. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that Swisscom's future ROE will be 14% which is again, similar to the current ROE.
On the whole, we do feel that Swisscom has some positive attributes. However, while the company does have a high ROE, its earnings growth number is quite disappointing. This can be blamed on the fact that it reinvests only a small portion of its profits and pays out the rest as dividends. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. 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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Swisscom AG provides telecommunication services primarily in Switzerland, Italy, and internationally.
Average dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.