Eicher Motors Limited (NSE:EICHERMOT) Stock's Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Decent: Will The Market Correct The Share Price In The Future?
Eicher Motors (NSE:EICHERMOT) has had a rough three months with its share price down 9.6%. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. Specifically, we decided to study Eicher Motors' ROE in this article.
Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Eicher Motors is:
20% = ₹26b ÷ ₹133b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₹0.20 in profit.
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. 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.
Eicher Motors' Earnings Growth And 20% ROE
To start with, Eicher Motors' ROE looks acceptable. Even when compared to the industry average of 18% the company's ROE looks quite decent. For this reason, Eicher Motors' five year net income decline of 3.4% raises the question as to why the decent ROE didn't translate into growth. Based on this, we feel that there might be other reasons which haven't been discussed so far in this article that could be hampering the company's growth. For example, it could be that the company has a high payout ratio or the business has allocated capital poorly, for instance.
However, when we compared Eicher Motors' growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 3.1% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. 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 Eicher Motors is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Eicher Motors Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Eicher Motors' low three-year median payout ratio of 19% (or a retention ratio of 81%) over the last three years should mean that the company is retaining most of its earnings to fuel its growth but the company's earnings have actually shrunk. This typically shouldn't be the case when a company is retaining most of its earnings. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For instance, the business has faced some headwinds.
In addition, Eicher Motors has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to rise to 25% over the next three years. Regardless, the ROE is not expected to change much for the company despite the higher expected payout ratio.
Overall, we feel that Eicher Motors certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Yet, the low earnings growth is a bit concerning, especially given that the company has a high rate of return and is reinvesting ma huge portion of its profits. By the looks of it, there could be some other factors, not necessarily in control of the business, that's preventing growth. That being so, the latest industry analyst forecasts show that the analysts are expecting to see a huge improvement in the company's earnings growth rate. 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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Eicher Motors Limited, an automobile company, manufactures and sells motorcycles and commercial vehicles in India and internationally.
Flawless balance sheet with high growth potential and pays a dividend.