With us' (TYO:9696) stock is up by a considerable 28% over the past three months. However, in this article, we decided to focus on its weak fundamentals, as long-term financial performance of a business is what ultimatley dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to With us' ROE today.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for With us is:
2.6% = JP¥134m ÷ JP¥5.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every ¥1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ¥0.03.
Why Is ROE Important For 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.
A Side By Side comparison of With us' Earnings Growth And 2.6% ROE
At first glance, With us' ROE doesn't look very promising. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 11%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Hence, the flat earnings seen by With us over the past five years could probably be the result of it having a lower ROE.
As a next step, we compared With us' net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 7.7% 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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. 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 With us is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is With us Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 54% (meaning, the company retains only 46% of profits) for With us suggests that the company's earnings growth was miniscule as a result of paying out a majority of its earnings.
Moreover, With us has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.
In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning With us. As a result of its low ROE and lack of mich reinvestment into the business, the company has seen a disappointing earnings growth rate. 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 With us' past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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