Could The Market Be Wrong About Smith-Midland Corporation (NASDAQ:SMID) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 07, 2021
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It is hard to get excited after looking at Smith-Midland's (NASDAQ:SMID) recent performance, when its stock has declined 35% over the past three months. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Smith-Midland's ROE.

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. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Smith-Midland is:

22% = US$6.1m ÷ US$28m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.22 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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.

Smith-Midland's Earnings Growth And 22% ROE

First thing first, we like that Smith-Midland has an impressive ROE. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 13% which is quite remarkable. Probably as a result of this, Smith-Midland was able to see a decent net income growth of 9.1% over the last five years.

We then performed a comparison between Smith-Midland's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 11% in the same period.

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NasdaqCM:SMID Past Earnings Growth October 7th 2021

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Smith-Midland fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Smith-Midland Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

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

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Smith-Midland's performance has been quite good. 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. 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. You can see the 2 risks we have identified for Smith-Midland by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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