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# Is The Market Rewarding ATM Grupa S.A. (WSE:ATG) With A Negative Sentiment As A Result Of Its Mixed Fundamentals?

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It is hard to get excited after looking at ATM Grupa's (WSE:ATG) recent performance, when its stock has declined 16% over the past month. We, however decided to study the company's financials to determine if they have got anything to do with the price decline. Fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes so it makes sense to study the company's financials. Specifically, we decided to study ATM Grupa's ROE in this article.

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 To 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 ATM Grupa is:

11% = zł33m ÷ zł293m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every PLN1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn PLN0.11 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.

## ATM Grupa's Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

To begin with, ATM Grupa seems to have a respectable ROE. Be that as it may, the company's ROE is still quite lower than the industry average of 17%. Further research shows that ATM Grupa's net income has shrunk at a rate of 4.4% over the last five years. Bear in mind, the company does have a high ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is higher. Hence there might be some other aspects that are causing earnings to shrink. Such as, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.

However, when we compared ATM Grupa's growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 30% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.

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 ATM Grupa's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is ATM Grupa Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

ATM Grupa has a high three-year median payout ratio of 60% (that is, it is retaining 40% of its profits). This suggests that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This goes some way in explaining why its earnings have been shrinking. The business is only left with a small pool of capital to reinvest - A vicious cycle that doesn't benefit the company in the long-run. To know the 3 risks we have identified for ATM Grupa visit our risks dashboard for free.

In addition, ATM Grupa has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth.

## Summary

In total, we're a bit ambivalent about ATM Grupa's performance. Primarily, we are disappointed to see a lack of growth in earnings even in spite of a moderate ROE. Bear in mind, the company reinvests a small portion of its profits, which explains the lack of growth. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. To gain further insights into ATM Grupa's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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