Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In United States Lime & Minerals, Inc.'s NASDAQ:USLM) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 22, 2020

Most readers would already be aware that United States Lime & Minerals' (NASDAQ:USLM) stock increased significantly by 28% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. Specifically, we decided to study United States Lime & Minerals' ROE in this article.

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 United States Lime & Minerals

How Is ROE Calculated?

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 United States Lime & Minerals is:

11% = US$26m ÷ US$237m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.11 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.

A Side By Side comparison of United States Lime & Minerals' Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

To begin with, United States Lime & Minerals seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 11%. This certainly adds some context to United States Lime & Minerals' moderate 12% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing United States Lime & Minerals' net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 13% in the same period.

NasdaqGS:USLM Past Earnings Growth December 22nd 2020

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for USLM? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report

Is United States Lime & Minerals Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

United States Lime & Minerals' three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 12% (implying that it retains 88% of its income), which is on the lower side, so it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business.

Additionally, United States Lime & Minerals has paid dividends over a period of seven years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with United States Lime & Minerals' performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. 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 1 risk we have identified for United States Lime & Minerals by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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