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# Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About The Company for Cooperative Insurance (TADAWUL:8010)?

It is hard to get excited after looking at Company for Cooperative Insurance's (TADAWUL:8010) recent performance, when its stock has declined 11% over the past three months. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Company for Cooperative Insurance's ROE today.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. 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 To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity 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 Company for Cooperative Insurance is:

19% = ر.س504m ÷ ر.س2.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each SAR1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made SAR0.19 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. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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.

### Company for Cooperative Insurance's Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

At first glance, Company for Cooperative Insurance seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 7.8% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. As you might expect, the 27% net income decline reported by Company for Cooperative Insurance is a bit of a surprise. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that are preventing the company's growth. These include low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

However, when we compared Company for Cooperative Insurance's growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 2.8% 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. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Company for Cooperative Insurance is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

### Is Company for Cooperative Insurance Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

While the company did payout a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn't pay a dividend. This implies that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business.

Existing analyst estimates suggest that the company's future payout ratio is expected to drop to 39% over the next three years. Despite the lower expected payout ratio, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much.

### Conclusion

In total, it does look like Company for Cooperative Insurance has some positive aspects to its business. Although, we are disappointed to see a lack of growth in earnings even in spite of a high ROE. Bear in mind, the company reinvests a small portion of its profits, which means that investors aren't reaping the benefits of the high rate of return. 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 latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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