It is hard to get excited after looking at Albert David's (NSE:ALBERTDAVD) recent performance, when its stock has declined 20% over the past three months. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. In this article, we decided to focus on Albert David's ROE.
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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Is ROE Calculated?
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 Albert David is:
15% = ₹384m ÷ ₹2.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₹0.15 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Albert David's Earnings Growth And 15% ROE
On the face of it, Albert David's ROE is not much to talk about. However, its ROE is similar to the industry average of 14%, so we won't completely dismiss the company. Particularly, the exceptional 23% net income growth seen by Albert David over the past five years is pretty remarkable. Given the slightly low ROE, it is likely that there could be some other aspects that are driving this growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
We then performed a comparison between Albert David's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 22% in the same period.
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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Albert David fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Albert David Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Albert David's ' three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 17% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (83%) of its profits. So it looks like Albert David is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business, which shows in its earnings growth.
Besides, Albert David has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.
In total, it does look like Albert David has some positive aspects to its business. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. Our risks dashboard would have the 4 risks we have identified for Albert David.
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