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# Has Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE:NOMD) Stock's Recent Performance Got Anything to Do With Its Financial Health?

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Most readers would already know that Nomad Foods' (NYSE:NOMD) stock increased by 5.8% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to investigate if the company's decent financials had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Nomad Foods' ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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## 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 Nomad Foods is:

9.6% = €250m ÷ €2.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each \$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made \$0.10 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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 all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

## A Side By Side comparison of Nomad Foods' Earnings Growth And 9.6% ROE

At first glance, Nomad Foods' ROE doesn't look very promising. However, given that the company's ROE is similar to the average industry ROE of 12%, we may spare it some thought. On the other hand, Nomad Foods reported a moderate 10% net income growth over the past five years. Considering the moderately low ROE, it is quite possible that there might be some other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

As a next step, we compared Nomad Foods' net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 6.9%.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. If you're wondering about Nomad Foods''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Nomad Foods Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Given that Nomad Foods doesn't pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

## Conclusion

In total, it does look like Nomad Foods has some positive aspects to its business. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. We also studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that the company's earnings growth is expected be similar to its current growth rate. 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 Nomad Foods?

Nomad Foods Limited manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of frozen food products in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland, and rest of Europe.

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Rewards

• Trading at 53.4% below our estimate of its fair value

• Earnings are forecast to grow 8.35% per year

• Earnings grew by 38% over the past year

Risks

• Debt is not well covered by operating cash flow

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