Is Fidelity National Financial, Inc.'s (NYSE:FNF) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 20, 2021
NYSE:FNF

Most readers would already be aware that Fidelity National Financial's (NYSE:FNF) stock increased significantly by 17% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on Fidelity National Financial's ROE.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Fidelity National Financial

How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Fidelity National Financial is:

26% = US$2.1b ÷ US$8.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of $0.26.

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. 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 Fidelity National Financial's Earnings Growth And 26% ROE

To begin with, Fidelity National Financial has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 12% which is quite remarkable. Under the circumstances, Fidelity National Financial's considerable five year net income growth of 24% was to be expected.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Fidelity National Financial's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 11% in the same period, which is great to see.

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NYSE:FNF Past Earnings Growth May 21st 2021

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is FNF fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is Fidelity National Financial Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Fidelity National Financial has a three-year median payout ratio of 43% (where it is retaining 57% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. So it seems that Fidelity National Financial is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees impressive growth in its earnings (discussed above) and pays a dividend that's well covered.

Moreover, Fidelity National Financial is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.

Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with Fidelity National Financial'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. 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 latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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