Could The Market Be Wrong About OEM International AB (publ) (STO:OEM B) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 23, 2022
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With its stock down 15% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard OEM International (STO:OEM B). However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Specifically, we decided to study OEM International's ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

Check out our latest analysis for OEM International

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 OEM International is:

33% = kr457m ÷ kr1.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every SEK1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn SEK0.33 in profit.

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 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.

OEM International's Earnings Growth And 33% ROE

Firstly, we acknowledge that OEM International has a significantly high ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 20% which is quite remarkable. This likely paved the way for the modest 15% net income growth seen by OEM International over the past five years. growth

As a next step, we compared OEM International's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 15% in the same period.

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OM:OEM B Past Earnings Growth March 23rd 2022

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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about OEM International's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is OEM International Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

While OEM International has a three-year median payout ratio of 55% (which means it retains 45% of profits), the company has still seen a fair bit of earnings growth in the past, meaning that its high payout ratio hasn't hampered its ability to grow.

Besides, OEM International has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that OEM International's performance has been quite good. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. You can do your own research on OEM International 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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