Stock Analysis

# Voyageurs du Monde SA's (EPA:ALVDM) Stock's On An Uptrend: Are Strong Financials Guiding The Market?

Voyageurs du Monde's (EPA:ALVDM) stock is up by a considerable 60% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on Voyageurs du Monde's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

See our latest analysis for Voyageurs du Monde

### How Do You 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 Voyageurs du Monde is:

14% = €14m ÷ €103m (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 €0.14 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. 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. 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.

### A Side By Side comparison of Voyageurs du Monde's Earnings Growth And 14% ROE

At first glance, Voyageurs du Monde seems to have a decent ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 12% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. This certainly adds some context to Voyageurs du Monde's decent 15% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing Voyageurs du Monde's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 15% in the same period.

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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Voyageurs du Monde is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

### Is Voyageurs du Monde Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

While the company did pay out a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn't pay a dividend. We infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to drop to 29% over the next three years. Regardless, the future ROE for Voyageurs du Monde is predicted to decline to 9.8% despite the anticipated decrease in the payout ratio. We reckon that there could probably be other factors that could be driving the forseen decline in the company's ROE.

### Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Voyageurs du Monde's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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### About ENXTPA:ALVDM

#### Voyageurs du Monde

Operates as a travel agency in France and internationally.

Outstanding track record, undervalued and pays a dividend.