Is Nextcom Ltd.'s (TLV:NXTM) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 10, 2022
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Nextcom (TLV:NXTM) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 17% over the last three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Nextcom'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.

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How Do You 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 Nextcom is:

24% = ₪23m ÷ ₪100m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every ₪1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ₪0.24.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Nextcom's Earnings Growth And 24% ROE

To begin with, Nextcom has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 11% the company's ROE is quite impressive. As a result, Nextcom's exceptional 39% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn't come as a surprise.

We then compared Nextcom'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 3.4% in the same period.

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TASE:NXTM Past Earnings Growth January 10th 2022

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Nextcom's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Nextcom Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Nextcom's three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 16%, which is quite low. This implies that the company is retaining 84% of its profits. So it looks like Nextcom is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business, which shows in its earnings growth.

Besides, Nextcom has been paying dividends over a period of eight years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Nextcom's performance has been quite good. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Remember, the price of a stock is also dependent on the perceived risk. Therefore investors must keep themselves informed about the risks involved before investing in any company. You can see the 2 risks we have identified for Nextcom by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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