Asetek A/S' (OB:ASTK) Fundamentals Look Pretty Strong: Could The Market Be Wrong About The Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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Asetek (OB:ASTK) has had a rough three months with its share price down 67%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on Asetek's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Asetek is:

25% = US$13m ÷ US$53m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every NOK1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of NOK0.25.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Asetek's Earnings Growth And 25% ROE

Firstly, we acknowledge that Asetek has a significantly high ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 7.1% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Given the circumstances, we can't help but wonder why Asetek saw little to no growth in the past five years. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that's limiting the company's growth. These include low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital

As a next step, we compared Asetek's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 12% in the same period.

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OB:ASTK Past Earnings Growth September 28th 2021

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about Asetek's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Asetek Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Asetek doesn't pay any dividend, which means that it is retaining all of its earnings. This makes us question why the company is retaining so much of its profits and still generating almost no growth? It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

Summary

Overall, we feel that Asetek certainly does have some positive factors to consider. However, given the high ROE and high profit retention, we would expect the company to be delivering strong earnings growth, but that isn't the case here. This suggests that there might be some external threat to the business, that's hampering its growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into Asetek's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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