Bouygues SA's (EPA:EN) Stock Has Fared Decently: Is the Market Following Strong Financials?

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 16, 2021
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Most readers would already know that Bouygues' (EPA:EN) stock increased by 6.0% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on Bouygues' ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for Bouygues

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

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 Bouygues is:

13% = €1.5b ÷ €12b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each €1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made €0.13 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. 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.

Bouygues' Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To begin with, Bouygues seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 11%. This certainly adds some context to Bouygues' moderate 6.1% net income growth seen over the past five years.

When you consider the fact that the industry earnings have shrunk at a rate of 5.6% in the same period, the company's net income growth is pretty remarkable.

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ENXTPA:EN Past Earnings Growth October 17th 2021

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

Is Bouygues Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 54% (or a retention ratio of 46%) for Bouygues suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Moreover, Bouygues is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 51% of its profits over the next three years. Therefore, the company's future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 10%.

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Bouygues' performance. 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. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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