Has Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE:REXR) Stock's Recent Performance Got Anything to Do With Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 08, 2021
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Rexford Industrial Realty's (NYSE:REXR) stock is up by 9.6% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to investigate if the company's decent financials had a hand to play in the recent price move. Specifically, we decided to study Rexford Industrial Realty's ROE in this article.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Rexford Industrial Realty

How Do You 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 Rexford Industrial Realty is:

2.6% = US$96m ÷ US$3.6b (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 $0.03 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Rexford Industrial Realty's Earnings Growth And 2.6% ROE

As you can see, Rexford Industrial Realty's ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 5.1%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. However, we we're pleasantly surprised to see that Rexford Industrial Realty grew its net income at a significant rate of 28% in the last five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

We then compared Rexford Industrial Realty's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 9.9% in the same period.

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NYSE:REXR Past Earnings Growth July 9th 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. What is REXR worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether REXR is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Rexford Industrial Realty Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Rexford Industrial Realty has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 60%. This means that it has only 40% of its income left to reinvest into its business. However, it's not unusual to see a REIT with such a high payout ratio mainly due to statutory requirements. Despite this, the company's earnings have grown significantly as we saw above.

Additionally, Rexford Industrial Realty has paid dividends over a period of eight years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 60% of its profits over the next three years. However, Rexford Industrial Realty's future ROE is expected to decline to 1.3% despite there being not much change anticipated in the company's payout ratio.

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Rexford Industrial Realty has some positive attributes. While no doubt its earnings growth is pretty substantial, we do feel that the reinvestment rate is pretty low, meaning, the earnings growth number could have been significantly higher had the company been retaining more of its profits. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. 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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