With its stock down 20% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard GDB Holdings Berhad (KLSE:GDB). 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. Particularly, we will be paying attention to GDB Holdings Berhad's ROE today.
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. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.
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 GDB Holdings Berhad is:
19% = RM28m ÷ RM143m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).
The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every MYR1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn MYR0.19 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.
GDB Holdings Berhad's Earnings Growth And 19% ROE
To begin with, GDB Holdings Berhad seems to have a respectable ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 4.8% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. Probably as a result of this, GDB Holdings Berhad was able to see a decent growth of 8.3% over the last five years.
Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 9.9% in the same period, the net income growth of the company is quite impressive.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 GDB Holdings Berhad is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is GDB Holdings Berhad Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
GDB Holdings Berhad has a three-year median payout ratio of 45%, which implies that it retains the remaining 55% of its profits. This suggests that its dividend is well covered, and given the decent growth seen by the company, it looks like management is reinvesting its earnings efficiently.
Additionally, GDB Holdings Berhad has paid dividends over a period of three years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 38%. However, GDB Holdings Berhad's ROE is predicted to rise to 27% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.
Overall, we are quite pleased with GDB Holdings Berhad's 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. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
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