# Is Escalade, Incorporated's (NASDAQ:ESCA) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 12, 2021

Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 18% over the last three months. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Escalade'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 Escalade

### How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

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 Escalade is:

19% = US\$26m ÷ US\$139m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. That means that for every \$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated \$0.19 in profit.

### Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.

### Escalade's Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

To start with, Escalade's ROE looks acceptable. Even when compared to the industry average of 20% the company's ROE looks quite decent. This probably goes some way in explaining Escalade's moderate 11% growth over the past five years amongst other factors.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Escalade's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 8.6% in the same period, which is great to see.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Escalade's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

### Is Escalade Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Escalade has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 45% (or a retention ratio of 55%) 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, Escalade 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.

### Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Escalade's performance. 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. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Remember, the price of a stock is also dependent on the perceived risk. Therefore investors must keep themselves informed about the risks involved before investing in any company. Our risks dashboard will have the 1 risk we have identified for Escalade.

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