- Saudi Arabia
- Oil and Gas
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (TADAWUL:2380) Delivered A Weaker ROE Than Its Industry
One of the best investments we can make is in our own knowledge and skill set. With that in mind, this article will work through how we can use Return On Equity (ROE) to better understand a business. To keep the lesson grounded in practicality, we'll use ROE to better understand Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (TADAWUL:2380).
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. 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 Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical is:
6.8% = ر.س1.1b ÷ ر.س17b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every SAR1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated SAR0.07 in profit.
Does Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Have A Good ROE?
By comparing a company's ROE with its industry average, we can get a quick measure of how good it is. The limitation of this approach is that some companies are quite different from others, even within the same industry classification. If you look at the image below, you can see Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical has a lower ROE than the average (10%) in the Oil and Gas industry classification.
That certainly isn't ideal. That being said, a low ROE is not always a bad thing, especially if the company has low leverage as this still leaves room for improvement if the company were to take on more debt. A high debt company having a low ROE is a different story altogether and a risky investment in our books. To know the 3 risks we have identified for Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical visit our risks dashboard for free.
How Does Debt Impact Return On Equity?
Most companies need money -- from somewhere -- to grow their profits. That cash can come from issuing shares, retained earnings, or debt. In the first two cases, the ROE will capture this use of capital to grow. In the latter case, the debt used for growth will improve returns, but won't affect the total equity. Thus the use of debt can improve ROE, albeit along with extra risk in the case of stormy weather, metaphorically speaking.
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical's Debt And Its 6.8% ROE
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical clearly uses a high amount of debt to boost returns, as it has a debt to equity ratio of 1.55. The combination of a rather low ROE and significant use of debt is not particularly appealing. Investors should think carefully about how a company might perform if it was unable to borrow so easily, because credit markets do change over time.
Return on equity is a useful indicator of the ability of a business to generate profits and return them to shareholders. A company that can achieve a high return on equity without debt could be considered a high quality business. If two companies have around the same level of debt to equity, and one has a higher ROE, I'd generally prefer the one with higher ROE.
Having said that, while ROE is a useful indicator of business quality, you'll have to look at a whole range of factors to determine the right price to buy a stock. It is important to consider other factors, such as future profit growth -- and how much investment is required going forward. So you might want to check this FREE visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
Of course Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have high ROE and low debt.
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Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company engages in the development, construction, and operation of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in the Middle East, the Asia Pacific, and internationally.
Reasonable growth potential and slightly overvalued.