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# Are Ooredoo Q.P.S.C.'s (DSM:ORDS) Fundamentals Good Enough to Warrant Buying Given The Stock's Recent Weakness?

With its stock down 9.2% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Ooredoo Q.P.S.C (DSM:ORDS). But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. Specifically, we decided to study Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's ROE in this article.

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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

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## How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Ooredoo Q.P.S.C is:

12% = ر.ق3.4b ÷ ر.ق30b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every QAR1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated QAR0.12 in profit.

## What Has ROE Got To Do With 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 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.

## Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

As you can see, Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's ROE looks pretty weak. A comparison with the industry shows that the company's ROE is pretty similar to the average industry ROE of 12%. So we are actually pleased to see that Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's net income grew at an acceptable rate of 17% over the last five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play that are influencing the company's growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then performed a comparison between Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 14% in the same 5-year period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Ooredoo Q.P.S.C Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 52% (or a retention ratio of 48%) for Ooredoo Q.P.S.C suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Additionally, Ooredoo Q.P.S.C 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 55%. As a result, Ooredoo Q.P.S.C's ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 12% for future ROE.

## Summary

Overall, we feel that Ooredoo Q.P.S.C certainly does have some positive factors to consider. While no doubt its earnings growth is pretty substantial, we do feel that the reinvestment rate is pretty low, meaning, the earnings growth number could have been significantly higher had the company been retaining more of its profits. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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