Most readers would already know that Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C's (DSM:QEWS) stock increased by 2.9% over the past three months. However, we decided to study the company's mixed-bag of fundamentals to assess what this could mean for future share prices, as stock prices tend to be aligned with a company's long-term financial performance. In this article, we decided to focus on Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C'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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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 Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C is:
12% = ر.ق1.5b ÷ ر.ق12b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every QAR1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of QAR0.12.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.
Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE
At first glance, Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C's ROE doesn't look very promising. However, the fact that the company's ROE is higher than the average industry ROE of 9.9%, is definitely interesting. However, Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C's five year net income decline rate was 4.6%. Bear in mind, the company does have a slightly low ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is lower. Hence, this goes some way in explaining the shrinking earnings.
So, as a next step, we compared Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C's performance against the industry and were disappointed to discover that while the company has been shrinking its earnings, the industry has been growing its earnings at a rate of 1.5% in the same period.
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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for QEWS? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C has a high three-year median payout ratio of 59% (that is, it is retaining 41% 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. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent.
Moreover, Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 69%. As a result, Qatar Electricity & Water Company 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.
Overall, we have mixed feelings about Qatar Electricity & Water Company Q.P.S.C. 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. Having said that, looking at current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings growth rate is expected to see a huge improvement. 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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