Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In Bilia AB (publ)'s STO:BILI A) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 19, 2022
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Bilia's (STO:BILI A) stock is up by a considerable 5.3% over the past week. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. Specifically, we decided to study Bilia'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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Bilia is:

33% = kr1.5b ÷ kr4.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every SEK1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of SEK0.33.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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.

Bilia's Earnings Growth And 33% ROE

First thing first, we like that Bilia has an impressive ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 14% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. This probably laid the groundwork for Bilia's moderate 17% net income growth seen over the past five years.

As a next step, we compared Bilia's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 8.1%.

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OM:BILI A Past Earnings Growth April 19th 2022

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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Has the market priced in the future outlook for BILI A? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report

Is Bilia Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 61% (or a retention ratio of 39%) for Bilia suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Additionally, Bilia has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Bilia'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. To gain further insights into Bilia's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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