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Are Poor Fundamentals To Blame For Sunteck Realty's 15% Drop?
Sunteck Realty (NSE:SUNTECK) has had a rough three months with its share price down 15%. To decide if this trend could continue, we decided to look at its weak fundamentals as they shape the long-term market trends. Specifically, we decided to study Sunteck Realty's 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.
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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 Sunteck Realty is:
1.2% = ₹341m ÷ ₹28b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every ₹1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ₹0.01.
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. 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.
Sunteck Realty's Earnings Growth And 1.2% ROE
It is hard to argue that Sunteck Realty's ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 5.6%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Given the circumstances, the significant decline in net income by 38% seen by Sunteck Realty over the last five years is not surprising. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.
That being said, we compared Sunteck Realty's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 12% in the same period. It's important to note however, that two of the company's large ongoing projects in SunteckCity 4th Avenue at Oshiwara District Centre (ODC) Goregaon West andf Sunteck MaxxWorld at Naigaon E will be completed in phases in the coming 15-24 months. This will allow the surplus cash flow to be amortised in the financial statements, which could improve the ROE ratios significantly.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Sunteck Realty fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Sunteck Realty Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
With a high three-year median payout ratio of 50% (implying that 50% of the profits are retained), most of Sunteck Realty's profits are being paid to shareholders, which explains the company's shrinking earnings. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent.
In addition, Sunteck Realty has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to drop to 15% over the next three years. The fact that the company's ROE is expected to rise to 9.5% over the same period is explained by the drop in the payout ratio.
Overall, we would be extremely cautious before making any decision on Sunteck Realty. The company has seen a lack of earnings growth as a result of retaining very little profits and whatever little it does retain, is being reinvested at a very low rate of return. That being so, the latest industry analyst forecasts show that the analysts are expecting to see a huge improvement in the company's earnings growth rate. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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Sunteck Realty Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in real estate construction and development business in India.
High growth potential with excellent balance sheet and pays a dividend.