BASSAC Société anonyme's (EPA:BASS) stock is up by a considerable 28% 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. In this article, we decided to focus on BASSAC Société anonyme's ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for BASSAC Société anonyme is:
18% = €101m ÷ €574m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
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 €0.18.
Why Is ROE Important For 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. 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.
BASSAC Société anonyme's Earnings Growth And 18% ROE
At first glance, BASSAC Société anonyme seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 9.4%. Probably as a result of this, BASSAC Société anonyme was able to see a decent growth of 17% over the last five years.
As a next step, we compared BASSAC Société anonyme's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 9.8%.
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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. 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 BASSAC Société anonyme is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is BASSAC Société anonyme Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
With a three-year median payout ratio of 42% (implying that the company retains 58% of its profits), it seems that BASSAC 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, BASSAC 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. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 37%. As a result, BASSAC Société anonyme's ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 16% for future ROE.
On the whole, we feel that BASSAC Société anonyme's performance has been quite good. 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. 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. 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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