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# Acsm-Agam S.p.A.'s (BIT:ACS) Stock Is Rallying But Financials Look Ambiguous: Will The Momentum Continue?

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Acsm-Agam's (BIT:ACS) stock is up by a considerable 17% over the past three months. However, we decided to pay attention to the company's fundamentals which don't appear to give a clear sign about the company's financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on Acsm-Agam's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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### 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 Acsm-Agam is:

3.8% = €18m ÷ €481m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each €1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made €0.04 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 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.

### Acsm-Agam's Earnings Growth And 3.8% ROE

It is hard to argue that Acsm-Agam's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 9.1%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. However, the moderate 9.4% net income growth seen by Acsm-Agam over the past five years is definitely a positive. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Acsm-Agam's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 6.6% in the same period, which is great to see.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. Is Acsm-Agam fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Acsm-Agam Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Acsm-Agam has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 95%, meaning that it is left with only 5.1% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Besides, Acsm-Agam has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

### Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Acsm-Agam can be open to many interpretations. Although the company has shown a pretty impressive growth in earnings, yet the low ROE and the low rate of reinvestment makes us skeptical about the continuity of that growth, especially when or if the business comes to face any threats. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. To gain further insights into Acsm-Agam's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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