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# Has Vitrolife AB (publ) (STO:VITR) Stock's Recent Performance Got Anything to Do With Its Financial Health?

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Most readers would already know that Vitrolife's (STO:VITR) stock increased by 9.6% over the past three months. As most would know, long-term fundamentals have a strong correlation with market price movements, so we decided to look at the company's key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. Specifically, we decided to study Vitrolife's ROE in this article.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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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 Vitrolife is:

2.4% = kr394m ÷ kr17b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every SEK1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn SEK0.02 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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. 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.

## A Side By Side comparison of Vitrolife's Earnings Growth And 2.4% ROE

It is hard to argue that Vitrolife's ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 15%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Accordingly, Vitrolife's low net income growth of 4.8% over the past five years can possibly be explained by the low ROE amongst other factors.

As a next step, we compared Vitrolife'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 5.9% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Vitrolife's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Vitrolife Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Despite having a normal three-year median payout ratio of 29% (or a retention ratio of 71% over the past three years, Vitrolife has seen very little growth in earnings as we saw above. So there could be some other explanation in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Moreover, Vitrolife 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. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 45% over the next three years. Regardless, the future ROE for Vitrolife is speculated to rise to 5.1% despite the anticipated increase in the payout ratio. There could probably be other factors that could be driving the future growth in the ROE.

## Summary

Overall, we feel that Vitrolife certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Namely, its respectable earnings growth, which it achieved due to it retaining most of its profits. However, given the low ROE, investors may not be benefitting from all that reinvestment after all. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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