Sunflower Sustainable Investments Ltd's (TLV:SNFL) Stock Has Shown Weakness Lately But Financial Prospects Look Decent: Is The Market Wrong?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 22, 2021
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It is hard to get excited after looking at Sunflower Sustainable Investments' (TLV:SNFL) recent performance, when its stock has declined 20% over the past month. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Specifically, we decided to study Sunflower Sustainable Investments' ROE in this article.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

Check out our latest analysis for Sunflower Sustainable Investments

How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE 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 Sunflower Sustainable Investments is:

3.9% = ₪9.2m ÷ ₪235m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

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 ₪0.04.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

A Side By Side comparison of Sunflower Sustainable Investments' Earnings Growth And 3.9% ROE

When you first look at it, Sunflower Sustainable Investments' ROE doesn't look that attractive. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 9.7%. However, we we're pleasantly surprised to see that Sunflower Sustainable Investments grew its net income at a significant rate of 24% in the last five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Sunflower Sustainable Investments' reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 45% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

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TASE:SNFL Past Earnings Growth August 23rd 2021

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. Is Sunflower Sustainable Investments fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Sunflower Sustainable Investments Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Sunflower Sustainable Investments doesn't pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Summary

Overall, we feel that Sunflower Sustainable Investments certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Specifically, its fairly high earnings growth number, which no doubt was backed by the company's high earnings retention. Still, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping a lot of benefit to the investors. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. To know the 3 risks we have identified for Sunflower Sustainable Investments visit our risks dashboard for free.

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