Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's (TLV:AMRK) stock is up by 1.7% over the past week. However, the company's financials look a bit inconsistent and market outcomes are ultimately driven by long-term fundamentals, meaning that the stock could head in either direction. Specifically, we decided to study Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture'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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture is:
2.6% = ₪8.3m ÷ ₪322m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each ₪1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made ₪0.03 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's Earnings Growth And 2.6% ROE
It is hard to argue that Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 5.9%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 11% seen by Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture was possibly a result of it having a lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, the business has allocated capital poorly, or that the company has a very high payout ratio.
That being said, we compared Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 6.5% in the same period.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. If you're wondering about Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Looking at its three-year median payout ratio of 35% (or a retention ratio of 65%) which is pretty normal, Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture's declining earnings is rather baffling as one would expect to see a fair bit of growth when a company is retaining a good portion of its profits. It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.
Additionally, Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years, which means that the company's management is determined to pay dividends even if it means little to no earnings growth.
Overall, we have mixed feelings about Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture. Even though it appears to be retaining most of its profits, given the low ROE, investors may not be benefitting from all that reinvestment after all. The low earnings growth suggests our theory correct. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. To know the 4 risks we have identified for Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture visit our risks dashboard for free.
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