I am writing today to help inform people who are new to the stock market and want to begin learning the link between company’s fundamentals and stock market performance.
Infinite Computer Solutions (India) Limited (NSE:INFINITE) performed in line with its it consulting and other services industry on the basis of its ROE – producing a return of 11.40% relative to the peer average of 12.89% over the past 12 months. But what is more interesting is whether INFINITE can sustain or improve on this level of return. Metrics such as financial leverage can impact the level of ROE which in turn can affect the sustainability of INFINITE’s returns. Let me show you what I mean by this.
What you must know about ROE
Return on Equity (ROE) is a measure of Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s profit relative to its shareholders’ equity. For example, if the company invests ₹1 in the form of equity, it will generate ₹0.11 in earnings from this. Investors seeking to maximise their return in the IT Consulting and Other Services industry may want to choose the highest returning stock. But this can be misleading as each company has different costs of equity and also varying debt levels, which could artificially push up ROE whilst accumulating high interest expense.
Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity
ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 13.55%. Given a discrepancy of -2.15% between return and cost, this indicated that Infinite Computer Solutions (India) may be paying more for its capital than what it’s generating in return. ROE can be split up into three useful ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:
ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage
ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)
ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity
The first component is profit margin, which measures how much of sales is retained after the company pays for all its expenses. Asset turnover reveals how much revenue can be generated from Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s asset base. And finally, financial leverage is simply how much of assets are funded by equity, which exhibits how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. ROE can be inflated by disproportionately high levels of debt. This is also unsustainable due to the high interest cost that the company will also incur. Thus, we should look at Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s debt-to-equity ratio to examine sustainability of its returns. The ratio currently stands at a sensible 17.02%, meaning Infinite Computer Solutions (India) has not taken on excessive debt to drive its returns. The company is able to produce profit growth without a huge debt burden and still has headroom to grow returns to industry average.
ROE is one of many ratios which meaningfully dissects financial statements, which illustrates the quality of a company. Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s ROE is underwhelming relative to the industry average, and its returns were also not strong enough to cover its own cost of equity. However, ROE is not likely to be inflated by excessive debt funding, giving shareholders more conviction in the sustainability of returns, which has headroom to increase further. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.
For Infinite Computer Solutions (India), I’ve put together three essential aspects you should look at:
- Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
- Future Earnings: How does Infinite Computer Solutions (India)’s growth rate compare to its peers and the wider market? Dig deeper into the analyst consensus number for the upcoming years by interacting with our free analyst growth expectation chart.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Infinite Computer Solutions (India)? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!
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