Is Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V.'s (NYSE:KOF) Stock's Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 01, 2022
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Most readers would already be aware that Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's (NYSE:KOF) stock increased significantly by 11% over the past month. 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 Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's ROE.

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.

See our latest analysis for Coca-Cola FEMSA. de

How To 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 Coca-Cola FEMSA. de is:

11% = Mex$14b ÷ Mex$123b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.11 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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.

Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

At first glance, Coca-Cola FEMSA. de seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 9.6%. This probably goes some way in explaining Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's moderate 16% growth over the past five years amongst other factors.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Coca-Cola FEMSA. de'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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NYSE:KOF Past Earnings Growth January 1st 2022

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). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is KOF fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is Coca-Cola FEMSA. de Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Coca-Cola FEMSA. de has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 84%, meaning that it is left with only 16% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Besides, Coca-Cola FEMSA. de has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 71%. Regardless, the future ROE for Coca-Cola FEMSA. de is predicted to rise to 16% despite there being not much change expected in its payout ratio.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Coca-Cola FEMSA. de's performance has been quite good. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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