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# Gremi Media S.A. (WSE:GME) Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Appear To Be Mixed : Is There A Clear Direction For The Stock?

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Gremi Media (WSE:GME) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 12% over the last month. But the company's key financial indicators appear to be differing across the board and that makes us question whether or not the company's current share price momentum can be maintained. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Gremi Media's ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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## 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 Gremi Media is:

5.8% = zł5.6m ÷ zł97m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every PLN1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of PLN0.06.

## 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. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

## A Side By Side comparison of Gremi Media's Earnings Growth And 5.8% ROE

When you first look at it, Gremi Media's ROE doesn't look that attractive. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 18%. Although, we can see that Gremi Media saw a modest net income growth of 13% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

As a next step, we compared Gremi Media'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 28% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 Gremi Media's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Gremi Media Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 71% (or a retention ratio of 29%) for Gremi Media suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

While Gremi Media has seen growth in its earnings, it only recently started to pay a dividend. It is most likely that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend.

## Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Gremi Media. Although the company has shown a fair bit of growth in earnings, the reinvestment rate is low. Meaning, the earnings growth number could have been significantly higher had the company been retaining more of its profits and reinvesting that at a higher rate of return. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on Gremi Media and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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