Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Instem plc (LON:INS)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 27, 2020
AIM:INS

Instem (LON:INS) has had a rough month with its share price down 12%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Specifically, we decided to study Instem's ROE in this article.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for Instem

How Do You 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 Instem is:

2.0% = UK£339k ÷ UK£17m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every £1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated £0.02 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.

Instem's Earnings Growth And 2.0% ROE

It is hard to argue that Instem's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 12%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. Although, we can see that Instem saw a modest net income growth of 13% over the past five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

Next, on comparing Instem's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 13% in the same period.

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AIM:INS Past Earnings Growth October 27th 2020

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. What is INS worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether INS is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Instem Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Instem has some positive attributes. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. Our risks dashboard would have the 3 risks we have identified for Instem.

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