# Pozavarovalnica Sava, d.d.'s (LJSE:POSR) Stock's On An Uptrend: Are Strong Financials Guiding The Market?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 31, 2021

Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d (LJSE:POSR) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 18% over the last month. 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

See our latest analysis for Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d

### 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 Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d is:

15% = €70m ÷ €477m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every €1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated €0.15 in profit.

### What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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 Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d's Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

To begin with, Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d seems to have a respectable ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 8.7% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. This probably laid the ground for Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d's moderate 17% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 6.6% in the same period, which is great to see.

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). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 31% (or a retention ratio of 69%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.

Additionally, Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d has paid dividends over a period of seven years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Looking at the current analyst consensus data, we can see that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 48% over the next three years. Therefore, the expected rise in the payout ratio explains why the company's ROE is expected to decline to 10% over the same period.

### Summary

On the whole, we feel that Pozavarovalnica Sava d.d's performance has been quite good. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings.

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