Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Fashionette AG (ETR:FSNT)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 27, 2021
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Fashionette (ETR:FSNT) has had a rough three months with its share price down 31%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. In this article, we decided to focus on Fashionette'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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Fashionette is:

1.3% = €872k ÷ €66m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each €1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made €0.01 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. 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.

Fashionette's Earnings Growth And 1.3% ROE

It is hard to argue that Fashionette's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 15%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. In spite of this, Fashionette was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 62% in the last five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

As a next step, we compared Fashionette's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 14%.

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XTRA:FSNT Past Earnings Growth August 28th 2021

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

Is Fashionette Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Conclusion

In total, it does look like Fashionette has some positive aspects to its business. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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