It is hard to get excited after looking at Equasens Société anonyme's (EPA:EQS) recent performance, when its stock has declined 5.9% over the past three months. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Equasens Société anonyme'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.
How Is ROE Calculated?
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 Equasens Société anonyme is:
25% = €41m ÷ €165m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).
The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every €1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn €0.25 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.
Equasens Société anonyme's Earnings Growth And 25% ROE
First thing first, we like that Equasens Société anonyme has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 12% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Probably as a result of this, Equasens Société anonyme was able to see a decent net income growth of 12% over the last five years.
We then compared Equasens Société anonyme's net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 38% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. What is EQS worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether EQS is currently mispriced by the market.
Is Equasens Société anonyme Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
With a three-year median payout ratio of 48% (implying that the company retains 52% of its profits), it seems that Equasens Société anonyme is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees respectable amount growth in its earnings and pays a dividend that's well covered.
Additionally, Equasens Société anonyme has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. 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 53%. Therefore, the company's future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 21%.
In total, we are pretty happy with Equasens Société anonyme's performance. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a respectable growth in its earnings. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. 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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