Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's NYSE:LOMA) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 16, 2021
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Most readers would already be aware that Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's (NYSE:LOMA) stock increased significantly by 28% over the past three months. 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 Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima'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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

Check out our latest analysis for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima

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 Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima is:

15% = AR$7.8b ÷ AR$54b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.15 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. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

At first glance, Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima seems to have a decent ROE. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 14%. This certainly adds some context to Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's exceptional 32% net income growth seen over the past five years. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.

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NYSE:LOMA Past Earnings Growth July 16th 2021

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. What is LOMA worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether LOMA is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 64% (implying that it keeps only 36% of profits) for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of the earnings to its shareholders.

Along with seeing a growth in earnings, Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima only recently started paying dividends. Its quite possible that the company was looking to impress its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 67%. However, Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's ROE is predicted to rise to 18% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima's performance. Especially the high ROE, Which has contributed to the impressive growth seen in earnings. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. Having said that, the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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