Can Averbuch Formica Center Ltd.'s (TLV:AVER) Weak Financials Pull The Plug On The Stock's Current Momentum On Its Share Price?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
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Most readers would already be aware that Averbuch Formica Center's (TLV:AVER) stock increased significantly by 27% over the past month. However, in this article, we decided to focus on its weak fundamentals, as long-term financial performance of a business is what ultimatley dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Averbuch Formica Center'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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for Averbuch Formica Center

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 Averbuch Formica Center is:

7.2% = ₪5.6m ÷ ₪77m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every ₪1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₪0.07 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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.

Averbuch Formica Center's Earnings Growth And 7.2% ROE

On the face of it, Averbuch Formica Center's ROE is not much to talk about. Yet, a closer study shows that the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 6.6%. But then again, Averbuch Formica Center's five year net income shrunk at a rate of 7.6%. Remember, the company's ROE is a bit low to begin with. Therefore, the decline in earnings could also be the result of this.

Furthermore, even when compared to the industry, which has been shrinking its earnings at a rate 3.8% in the same period, we found that Averbuch Formica Center's performance is pretty disappointing, as it suggests that the company has been shrunk its earnings at a rate faster than the industry.

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TASE:AVER Past Earnings Growth August 19th 2021

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Averbuch Formica Center fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Averbuch Formica Center Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Averbuch Formica Center's declining earnings is not surprising given how the company is spending most of its profits in paying dividends, judging by its three-year median payout ratio of 70% (or a retention ratio of 30%). With only very little left to reinvest into the business, growth in earnings is far from likely. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Averbuch Formica Center by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

In addition, Averbuch Formica Center has been paying dividends over a period of eight years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is preferred by the management even though earnings have been in decline.

Summary

Overall, we would be extremely cautious before making any decision on Averbuch Formica Center. The company has seen a lack of earnings growth as a result of retaining very little profits and whatever little it does retain, is being reinvested at a very low rate of return. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Averbuch Formica Center's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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