Will Weakness in Perdoceo Education Corporation's (NASDAQ:PRDO) Stock Prove Temporary Given Strong Fundamentals?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 05, 2021
NasdaqGS:PRDO

With its stock down 12% over the past week, it is easy to disregard Perdoceo Education (NASDAQ:PRDO). However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Perdoceo Education's ROE today.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

See our latest analysis for Perdoceo Education

How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for return on equity is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Perdoceo Education is:

22% = US$124m ÷ US$556m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of $0.22.

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. 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.

Perdoceo Education's Earnings Growth And 22% ROE

To begin with, Perdoceo Education has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 6.7% the company's ROE is quite impressive. This probably laid the groundwork for Perdoceo Education's moderate 18% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Perdoceo Education's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 13% in the same period, which is great to see.

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NasdaqGS:PRDO Past Earnings Growth March 5th 2021

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). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Perdoceo Education is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Perdoceo Education Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Perdoceo Education's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. 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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