Most readers would already be aware that Torpol's (WSE:TOR) stock increased significantly by 23% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on Torpol's ROE.
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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Torpol is:
45% = zł147m ÷ zł328m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every PLN1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn PLN0.45 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.
Torpol's Earnings Growth And 45% ROE
To begin with, Torpol has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 14% the company's ROE is quite impressive. As a result, Torpol's exceptional 38% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn't come as a surprise.
As a next step, we compared Torpol's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 20%.
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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for TOR? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Torpol Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 64% (implying that it keeps only 36% of profits) for Torpol suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.
Moreover, Torpol is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of eight years of paying a dividend.
On the whole, we feel that Torpol's performance has been quite good. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. Having said that, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink in the future. 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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