# Lovisagruvan AB (publ)'s (NGM:LOVI) Stock Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Weak: What Implications Could This Have On The Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 12, 2021

Most readers would already be aware that Lovisagruvan's (NGM:LOVI) stock increased significantly by 5.9% over the past week. We, however wanted to have a closer look at its key financial indicators as the markets usually pay for long-term fundamentals, and in this case, they don't look very promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Lovisagruvan's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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### How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

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 Lovisagruvan is:

0.7% = kr377k ÷ kr51m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every SEK1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of SEK0.01.

### What Has ROE Got To Do With 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.

### A Side By Side comparison of Lovisagruvan's Earnings Growth And 0.7% ROE

It is hard to argue that Lovisagruvan's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 5.7%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. For this reason, Lovisagruvan's five year net income decline of 4.4% is not surprising given its lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. Such as - low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

That being said, we compared Lovisagruvan's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 4.7% 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. 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 Lovisagruvan is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

### Is Lovisagruvan Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Lovisagruvan has a high three-year median payout ratio of 74% (that is, it is retaining 26% 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. You can see the 5 risks we have identified for Lovisagruvan by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

Moreover, Lovisagruvan 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.

### Conclusion

In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning Lovisagruvan. The company has seen a lack of earnings growth as a result of retaining very little profits and whatever little it does retain, is being reinvested at a very low rate of return. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into Lovisagruvan's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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