Could The Market Be Wrong About Coloplast A/S (CPH:COLO B) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 28, 2022

It is hard to get excited after looking at Coloplast's (CPH:COLO B) recent performance, when its stock has declined 19% over the past month. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Specifically, we decided to study Coloplast's ROE in this article.

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.

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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 Coloplast is:

76% = kr.4.9b ÷ kr.6.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each DKK1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made DKK0.76 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. 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. 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 Coloplast's Earnings Growth And 76% ROE

To begin with, Coloplast has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 28% which is quite remarkable. This probably laid the groundwork for Coloplast's moderate 6.6% net income growth seen over the past five years.

When you consider the fact that the industry earnings have shrunk at a rate of 2.3% in the same period, the company's net income growth is pretty remarkable.

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. What is COLO B worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether COLO B is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Coloplast Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

While Coloplast has a three-year median payout ratio of 84% (which means it retains 16% of profits), the company has still seen a fair bit of earnings growth in the past, meaning that its high payout ratio hasn't hampered its ability to grow.

Besides, Coloplast has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 79%. However, Coloplast's future ROE is expected to decline to 57% despite there being not much change anticipated in the company's payout ratio.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Coloplast's performance has been quite good. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. 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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