Nelco Limited's (NSE:NELCO) Stock Has Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Strong: Is The Market Wrong?
Nelco (NSE:NELCO) has had a rough three months with its share price down 30%. However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Specifically, we decided to study Nelco'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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Nelco is:
18% = ₹172m ÷ ₹937m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each ₹1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made ₹0.18 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.
Nelco's Earnings Growth And 18% ROE
To begin with, Nelco seems to have a respectable ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 13% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. However, we are curious as to how the high returns still resulted in flat growth for Nelco in the past five years. Therefore, there could be some other aspects that could potentially be preventing the company from growing. Such as, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.
Next, on comparing Nelco's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 0.8% in the same period.
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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Nelco is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Nelco Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Nelco has a low three-year median payout ratio of 22% (or a retention ratio of 78%) but the negligible earnings growth number doesn't reflect this as high growth usually follows high profit retention.
In addition, Nelco 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.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Nelco's performance. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a respectable growth in its earnings. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. You can do your own research on Nelco and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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Nelco Limited provides systems and solutions in the areas of very small aperture terminals (VSAT) connectivity, and integrated security and surveillance in India.
Excellent balance sheet second-rate dividend payer.