It is hard to get excited after looking at AIMS APAC REIT's (SGX:O5RU) recent performance, when its stock has declined 7.8% over the past three months. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. Specifically, we decided to study AIMS APAC REIT'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.
How Do You 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 AIMS APAC REIT is:
8.4% = S$81m ÷ S$961m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each SGD1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made SGD0.08 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. 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.
AIMS APAC REIT's Earnings Growth And 8.4% ROE
At first glance, AIMS APAC REIT's ROE doesn't look very promising. Although a closer study shows that the company's ROE is higher than the industry average of 5.5% which we definitely can't overlook. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the decent growth of 5.7% seen over the past five years by AIMS APAC REIT. That being said, the company does have a slightly low ROE to begin with, just that it is higher than the industry average. So there might well be other reasons for the earnings to grow. For example, it is possible that the broader industry is going through a high growth phase, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
We then performed a comparison between AIMS APAC REIT's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 5.7% in the same period.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for O5RU? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is AIMS APAC REIT Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
AIMS APAC REIT has a high three-year median payout ratio of 88%. This means that it has only 12% of its income left to reinvest into its business. However, it's not unusual to see a REIT with such a high payout ratio mainly due to statutory requirements. Despite this, the company's earnings grew moderately as we saw above.
Besides, AIMS APAC REIT has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 100%. Regardless, AIMS APAC REIT's ROE is speculated to decline to 6.5% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.
Overall, we feel that AIMS APAC REIT certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Especially the substantial growth in earnings backed by a decent ROE. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. With that said, on studying the latest analyst forecasts, we found that while the company has seen growth in its past earnings, analysts expect its future earnings to shrink. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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