RKEC Projects (NSE:RKEC) has had a rough month with its share price down 29%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on RKEC Projects' ROE.
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.
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
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 RKEC Projects is:
11% = ₹158m ÷ ₹1.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).
The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₹0.11 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.
RKEC Projects' Earnings Growth And 11% ROE
When you first look at it, RKEC Projects' ROE doesn't look that attractive. However, the fact that the its ROE is quite higher to the industry average of 7.9% doesn't go unnoticed by us. Having said that, RKEC Projects' net income growth over the past five years is more or less flat. Remember, the company's ROE is a bit low to begin with, just that it is higher than the industry average. So that could be one of the factors that are causing earnings growth to stay flat.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that RKEC Projects' earnings seems to be shrinking at a similar rate as the industry which shrunk at a rate of a rate of 0.7% in the same period.
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. 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 RKEC Projects is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is RKEC Projects Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
RKEC Projects has a low three-year median payout ratio of 23% (or a retention ratio of 77%) but the negligible earnings growth number doesn't reflect this as high growth usually follows high profit retention.
Moreover, RKEC Projects has been paying dividends for three years, which is a considerable amount of time, suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.
In total, it does look like RKEC Projects has some positive aspects to its business. However, while the company does have a decent ROE and a high profit retention, its earnings growth number is quite disappointing. This suggests that there might be some external threat to the business, that's hampering growth. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. You can do your own research on RKEC Projects and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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