It is hard to get excited after looking at VST Industries' (NSE:VSTIND) recent performance, when its stock has declined 7.0% over the past month. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study VST Industries' ROE in this article.
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 Is ROE Calculated?
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 VST Industries is:
39% = ₹3.1b ÷ ₹7.9b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every ₹1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn ₹0.39 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.
VST Industries' Earnings Growth And 39% ROE
First thing first, we like that VST Industries has an impressive ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 15% which is quite remarkable. This probably laid the groundwork for VST Industries' moderate 17% net income growth seen over the past five years.
As a next step, we compared VST Industries' net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 17% 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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. What is VSTIND worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether VSTIND is currently mispriced by the market.
Is VST Industries Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
While VST Industries has a three-year median payout ratio of 65% (which means it retains 35% of profits), the company has still seen a fair bit of earnings growth in the past, meaning that its high payout ratio hasn't hampered its ability to grow.
Moreover, VST Industries is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.
In total, we are pretty happy with VST Industries' performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of VST Industries' past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.
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