Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial S.A.'s (ATH:PLAT) Stock's On An Uptrend: Are Strong Financials Guiding The Market?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 19, 2021
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Most readers would already be aware that Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's (ATH:PLAT) stock increased significantly by 54% 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. Specifically, we decided to study Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

See our latest analysis for Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial

How To 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 Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial is:

30% = €62m ÷ €209m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every €1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of €0.30.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.

Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's Earnings Growth And 30% ROE

First thing first, we like that Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 12% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. As a result, Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's exceptional 29% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn't come as a surprise.

We then compared Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 8.6% in the same period.

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ATSE:PLAT Past Earnings Growth July 20th 2021

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial has a really low three-year median payout ratio of 19%, meaning that it has the remaining 81% left over to reinvest into its business. So it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business and this reflects in its earnings growth number.

Moreover, Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to drop to 14% over the next three years. However, Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial's future ROE is expected to decline to 11% despite the expected decline in its payout ratio. We infer that there could be other factors that could be steering the foreseen decline in the company's ROE.

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Thrace Plastics Holding and Commercial'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, on studying the latest analyst forecasts, we found that while the company has seen growth in its past earnings, analysts expect its future earnings to shrink. 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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