Could The Market Be Wrong About ICL Group Ltd (TLV:ICL) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?
ICL Group (TLV:ICL) has had a rough month with its share price down 3.8%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Particularly, we will be paying attention to ICL Group's ROE today.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. 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 ICL Group is:
39% = US$2.2b ÷ US$5.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 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 ₪0.39.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.
ICL Group's Earnings Growth And 39% ROE
To begin with, ICL Group has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 18% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. This probably laid the groundwork for ICL Group's moderate 15% net income growth seen over the past five years.
Next, on comparing ICL Group's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 15% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if ICL Group is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is ICL Group Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
ICL Group has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 51%, meaning that it is left with only 49% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.
Additionally, ICL Group has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 50% of its profits over the next three years. However, ICL Group's future ROE is expected to decline to 12% despite there being not much change anticipated in the company's payout ratio.
In total, we are pretty happy with ICL Group's performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. Having said that, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink in the future. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
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ICL Group Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty minerals and chemicals company worldwide.
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