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Does The Market Have A Low Tolerance For Strauss Group Ltd.'s (TLV:STRS) Mixed Fundamentals?

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With its stock down 7.4% over the past month, it is easy to disregard Strauss Group (TLV:STRS). It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. Specifically, we decided to study Strauss Group'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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Strauss Group is:

8.8% = ₪240m ÷ ₪2.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every ₪1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ₪0.09.

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. 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.

Strauss Group's Earnings Growth And 8.8% ROE

At first glance, Strauss Group's ROE doesn't look very promising. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 19%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Thus, the low net income growth of 2.6% seen by Strauss Group over the past five years could probably be the result of the low ROE.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Strauss Group's reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 3.6% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

TASE:STRS Past Earnings Growth February 2nd 2023

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for STRS? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report

Is Strauss Group Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

While Strauss Group has a decent three-year median payout ratio of 47% (or a retention ratio of 53%), it has seen very little growth in earnings. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

Moreover, Strauss Group has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 42%.


In total, we're a bit ambivalent about Strauss Group's performance. 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. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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