Sociedad Punta del Cobre S.A.'s (SNSE:PUCOBRE) Stock Has Shown Weakness Lately But Financial Prospects Look Decent: Is The Market Wrong?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 02, 2021
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It is hard to get excited after looking at Sociedad Punta del Cobre's (SNSE:PUCOBRE) recent performance, when its stock has declined 18% over the past month. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. In this article, we decided to focus on Sociedad Punta del Cobre's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

View our latest analysis for Sociedad Punta del Cobre

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Sociedad Punta del Cobre is:

12% = US$51m ÷ US$423m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. That means that for every CLP1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated CLP0.12 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

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

Sociedad Punta del Cobre's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

When you first look at it, Sociedad Punta del Cobre's ROE doesn't look that attractive. Yet, a closer study shows that the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 12%. Having said that, Sociedad Punta del Cobre has shown a modest net income growth of 14% over the past five years. Taking into consideration that the ROE is not particularly high, we reckon that there could also be other factors at play which could be influencing the company's growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then performed a comparison between Sociedad Punta del Cobre's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 14% in the same period.

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SNSE:PUCOBRE Past Earnings Growth June 3rd 2021

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Sociedad Punta del Cobre's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Sociedad Punta del Cobre Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Sociedad Punta del Cobre has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 50%, meaning that it is left with only 50% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

While Sociedad Punta del Cobre has been growing its earnings, it only recently started to pay dividends which likely means that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend.

Conclusion

Overall, we feel that Sociedad Punta del Cobre 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. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into Sociedad Punta del Cobre's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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