Sartorius Stedim Biotech's (EPA:DIM) stock is up by a considerable 39% over the past three months. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Sartorius Stedim Biotech's ROE today.
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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
How Is ROE Calculated?
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 Sartorius Stedim Biotech is:
28% = €480m ÷ €1.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every €1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of €0.28.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. 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.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech's Earnings Growth And 28% ROE
First thing first, we like that Sartorius Stedim Biotech has an impressive ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 16% which is quite remarkable. Under the circumstances, Sartorius Stedim Biotech's considerable five year net income growth of 23% was to be expected.
Next, on comparing Sartorius Stedim Biotech's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 25% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Sartorius Stedim Biotech's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Sartorius Stedim Biotech Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Sartorius Stedim Biotech has a really low three-year median payout ratio of 18%, meaning that it has the remaining 82% left over to reinvest into its business. So it looks like Sartorius Stedim Biotech is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business, which shows in its earnings growth.
Additionally, Sartorius Stedim Biotech 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. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to rise to 21% over the next three years. Despite the higher expected payout ratio, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Sartorius Stedim Biotech's performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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