Pittler Maschinenfabrik AG (FRA:PIT) Stock Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Uncertain: What Lies Ahead ?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 20, 2022
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Pittler Maschinenfabrik's (FRA:PIT) stock is up by a considerable 26% over the past three months. However, we decided to pay attention to the company's fundamentals which don't appear to give a clear sign about the company's financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on Pittler Maschinenfabrik'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. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

View our latest analysis for Pittler Maschinenfabrik

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 Pittler Maschinenfabrik is:

5.3% = €462k ÷ €8.7m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every €1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated €0.05 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Pittler Maschinenfabrik's Earnings Growth And 5.3% ROE

On the face of it, Pittler Maschinenfabrik's ROE is not much to talk about. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 9.1%. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 37% seen by Pittler Maschinenfabrik was probably the result of it having a lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. Such as - low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

As a next step, we compared Pittler Maschinenfabrik's performance with the industry and found thatPittler Maschinenfabrik's performance is depressing even when compared with the industry, which has shrunk its earnings at a rate of 6.9% in the same period, which is a slower than the company.

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DB:PIT Past Earnings Growth January 20th 2022

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 Pittler Maschinenfabrik's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Pittler Maschinenfabrik Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Pittler Maschinenfabrik doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business, which doesn't explain why the company's earnings have shrunk if it is retaining all of its profits. It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Pittler Maschinenfabrik can be open to many interpretations. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the earnings growth. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. You can see the 1 risk we have identified for Pittler Maschinenfabrik by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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