ASML Holding N.V.'s (AMS:ASML) Stock Has Fared Decently: Is the Market Following Strong Financials?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 09, 2020
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ASML Holding's (AMS:ASML) stock is up by 10.0% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term financial health, we decided to study the company’s fundamentals to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on ASML Holding's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for ASML Holding

How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

ROE 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 ASML Holding is:

24% = €3.3b ÷ €14b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each €1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made €0.24 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. 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.

ASML Holding's Earnings Growth And 24% ROE

First thing first, we like that ASML Holding has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 6.4% the company's ROE is quite impressive. This likely paved the way for the modest 15% net income growth seen by ASML Holding over the past five years. growth

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that ASML Holding's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.

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ENXTAM:ASML Past Earnings Growth November 9th 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is ASML Holding fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is ASML Holding Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

ASML Holding has a three-year median payout ratio of 33%, which implies that it retains the remaining 67% 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.

Besides, ASML Holding has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 29%. Regardless, the future ROE for ASML Holding is predicted to rise to 32% despite there being not much change expected in its payout ratio.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with ASML Holding's performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. We also studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that the company's earnings growth is expected be similar to its current growth rate. 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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