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Are TIER 1 Technology, S.A.'s (BME:TR1) Fundamentals Good Enough to Warrant Buying Given The Stock's Recent Weakness?

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With its stock down 2.7% over the past month, it is easy to disregard TIER 1 Technology (BME:TR1). 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 TIER 1 Technology's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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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 TIER 1 Technology is:

22% = €771k ÷ €3.5m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 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 €0.22 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

TIER 1 Technology's Earnings Growth And 22% ROE

First thing first, we like that TIER 1 Technology has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 14% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Needless to say, we are quite surprised to see that TIER 1 Technology's net income shrunk at a rate of 6.2% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that are preventing the company's growth. These include low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

That being said, we compared TIER 1 Technology's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 15% in the same period.

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BME:TR1 Past Earnings Growth December 27th 2020

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 TIER 1 Technology fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is TIER 1 Technology Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

TIER 1 Technology has a high three-year median payout ratio of 58% (that is, it is retaining 42% of its profits). This suggests that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This goes some way in explaining why its earnings have been shrinking. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent. To know the 3 risks we have identified for TIER 1 Technology visit our risks dashboard for free.

Additionally, TIER 1 Technology started paying a dividend only recently. So it looks like the management may have perceived that shareholders favor dividends even though earnings have been in decline. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 50%. Regardless, the future ROE for TIER 1 Technology is predicted to rise to 36% despite there being not much change expected in its payout ratio.

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that TIER 1 Technology 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. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of TIER 1 Technology's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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