Is The Market Rewarding RKEC Projects Limited (NSE:RKEC) With A Negative Sentiment As A Result Of Its Mixed Fundamentals?
With its stock down 18% over the past month, it is easy to disregard RKEC Projects (NSE:RKEC). It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes so it makes sense to study the company's financials. Specifically, we decided to study RKEC Projects' ROE in this article.
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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.
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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:
8.1% = ₹120m ÷ ₹1.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every ₹1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn ₹0.08 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.
RKEC Projects' Earnings Growth And 8.1% ROE
As you can see, RKEC Projects' ROE looks pretty weak. A comparison with the industry shows that the company's ROE is pretty similar to the average industry ROE of 8.4%. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 19% seen by RKEC Projects was possibly a result of the disappointing ROE.
However, when we compared RKEC Projects' growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 9.4% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.
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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about RKEC Projects''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is RKEC Projects Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
While the company did payout a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn't pay a dividend. This implies that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business.
Overall, we have mixed feelings about RKEC Projects. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the earnings growth. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. You can see the 5 risks we have identified for RKEC Projects by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.
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RKEC Projects Limited operates as an engineering construction company in India.
Mediocre balance sheet and slightly overvalued.