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Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In HireQuest, Inc.'s NASDAQ:HQI) Stock?

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Most readers would already be aware that HireQuest's (NASDAQ:HQI) stock increased significantly by 16% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on HireQuest'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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

Return on equity 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 HireQuest is:

21% = US$12m ÷ US$56m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.21 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

HireQuest's Earnings Growth And 21% ROE

At first glance, HireQuest seems to have a decent ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 16% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. Probably as a result of this, HireQuest was able to see an impressive net income growth of 34% over the last five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that HireQuest's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 14% in the same period, which is great to see.

NasdaqCM:HQI Past Earnings Growth March 16th 2023

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. Is HireQuest fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is HireQuest Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

HireQuest has a three-year median payout ratio of 27% (where it is retaining 73% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. So it seems that HireQuest is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees impressive growth in its earnings (discussed above) and pays a dividend that's well covered.

While HireQuest has seen growth in its earnings, it only recently started to pay a dividend. It is most likely that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend.


On the whole, we feel that HireQuest's performance has been quite good. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

What are the risks and opportunities for HireQuest?

HireQuest, Inc. provides temporary staffing solutions in the United States.

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  • Earnings are forecast to grow 11.96% per year

  • Earnings have grown 33.3% per year over the past 5 years


No risks detected for HQI from our risks checks.

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