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Veidekke ASA's (OB:VEI) Stock Is Going Strong: Have Financials A Role To Play?

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Veidekke's (OB:VEI) stock is up by a considerable 8.5% over the past month. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Veidekke's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Our analysis indicates that VEI is potentially undervalued!

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 Veidekke is:

37% = kr952m ÷ kr2.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every NOK1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of NOK0.37.

Why Is ROE Important For 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Veidekke's Earnings Growth And 37% ROE

First thing first, we like that Veidekke has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 13% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. This likely paved the way for the modest 5.8% net income growth seen by Veidekke over the past five years. growth

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Veidekke's reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 8.1% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

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OB:VEI Past Earnings Growth December 1st 2022

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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for VEI? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is Veidekke Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Veidekke has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 95%, meaning that it is left with only 4.5% 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.

Additionally, Veidekke has paid dividends over a period of at least ten 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 99%. Therefore, the company's future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 36%.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that Veidekke has some positive attributes. Its earnings have grown respectably as we saw earlier, probably due to its high returns. However, it does reinvest little to almost none of its profits, so we wonder what effect this could have on its future growth prospects. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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