Declining Stock and Solid Fundamentals: Is The Market Wrong About Lincoln Pharmaceuticals Limited (NSE:LINCOLN)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
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With its stock down 17% over the past month, it is easy to disregard Lincoln Pharmaceuticals (NSE:LINCOLN). 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. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Lincoln Pharmaceuticals' ROE today.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

See our latest analysis for Lincoln Pharmaceuticals

How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity 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 Lincoln Pharmaceuticals is:

17% = ₹709m ÷ ₹4.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every ₹1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ₹0.17.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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 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.

Lincoln Pharmaceuticals' Earnings Growth And 17% ROE

At first glance, Lincoln Pharmaceuticals seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 14%. Probably as a result of this, Lincoln Pharmaceuticals was able to see a decent growth of 19% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared Lincoln Pharmaceuticals' 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 22% in the same period.

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NSEI:LINCOLN Past Earnings Growth May 13th 2022

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. Is Lincoln Pharmaceuticals fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Lincoln Pharmaceuticals Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Lincoln Pharmaceuticals' three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 5.4% (implying that it retains 95% of its income), which is on the lower side, so it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business.

Moreover, Lincoln Pharmaceuticals 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.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Lincoln Pharmaceuticals' performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Let's not forget, business risk is also one of the factors that affects the price of the stock. So this is also an important area that investors need to pay attention to before making a decision on any business. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Lincoln Pharmaceuticals visit our risks dashboard for free.

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