Are Robust Financials Driving The Recent Rally In TCI Express Limited's (NSE:TCIEXP) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 23, 2021
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TCI Express' (NSE:TCIEXP) stock is up by a considerable 57% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on TCI Express' ROE.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for TCI Express

How Is ROE Calculated?

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 TCI Express is:

28% = ₹1.3b ÷ ₹4.9b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every ₹1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn ₹0.28 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.

TCI Express' Earnings Growth And 28% ROE

First thing first, we like that TCI Express has an impressive ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 13% which is quite remarkable. As a result, TCI Express' exceptional 24% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn't come as a surprise.

As a next step, we compared TCI Express' net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 1.6%.

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NSEI:TCIEXP Past Earnings Growth November 24th 2021

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). 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 TCI Express is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is TCI Express Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

TCI Express' ' three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 16% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (84%) of its profits. So it looks like TCI Express is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business, which shows in its earnings growth.

Additionally, TCI Express has paid dividends over a period of five years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with TCI Express' performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. 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. Our risks dashboard would have the 2 risks we have identified for TCI Express.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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