Tide Water Oil Co. (India) Limited's (NSE:TIDEWATER) Stock Has Seen Strong Momentum: Does That Call For Deeper Study Of Its Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 12, 2021
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Most readers would already be aware that Tide Water Oil (India)'s (NSE:TIDEWATER) stock increased significantly by 136% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Tide Water Oil (India)'s ROE today.

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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

View our latest analysis for Tide Water Oil (India)

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Tide Water Oil (India) is:

19% = ₹1.4b ÷ ₹7.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₹0.19 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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. 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.

Tide Water Oil (India)'s Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

At first glance, Tide Water Oil (India) seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 15% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. This certainly adds some context to Tide Water Oil (India)'s decent 6.9% net income growth seen over the past five years.

We then compared Tide Water Oil (India)'s net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 16% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.

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NSEI:TIDEWATER Past Earnings Growth August 13th 2021

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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Tide Water Oil (India)'s's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Tide Water Oil (India) Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 56% (or a retention ratio of 44%) for Tide Water Oil (India) suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Moreover, Tide Water Oil (India) 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.

Conclusion

Overall, we feel that Tide Water Oil (India) certainly does have some positive factors to consider. The company has grown its earnings moderately as previously discussed. Still, the high ROE could have been even more beneficial to investors had the company been reinvesting more of its profits. As highlighted earlier, the current reinvestment rate appears to be quite low. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Tide Water Oil (India)'s past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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