Innoviva, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:INVA) Stock Is Going Strong: Is the Market Following Fundamentals?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 30, 2021
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Innoviva's (NASDAQ:INVA) stock is up by a considerable 23% 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 Innoviva's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. 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 To 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 Innoviva is:

47% = US$325m ÷ US$697m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.47 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. 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 Innoviva's Earnings Growth And 47% ROE

First thing first, we like that Innoviva has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 21% the company's ROE is quite impressive. So, the substantial 30% net income growth seen by Innoviva over the past five years isn't overly surprising.

As a next step, we compared Innoviva's 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 11%.

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NasdaqGS:INVA Past Earnings Growth July 30th 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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Innoviva's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Innoviva Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Given that Innoviva 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

On the whole, we feel that Innoviva'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. Let's not forget, business risk is also one of the factors that affects the price of the stock. So this is also an important area that investors need to pay attention to before making a decision on any business. You can see the 2 risks we have identified for Innoviva by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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