Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMD) Stock's On An Uptrend: Are Strong Financials Guiding The Market?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 24, 2020

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 21% over the last three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Advanced Micro Devices' ROE today.

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?

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 Advanced Micro Devices is:

23% = US$879m ÷ US$3.9b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of $0.23.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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 Advanced Micro Devices' Earnings Growth And 23% ROE

First thing first, we like that Advanced Micro Devices has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 11% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Under the circumstances, Advanced Micro Devices' considerable five year net income growth of 73% was to be expected.

We then compared Advanced Micro Devices' 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 15% in the same period.

NasdaqGS:AMD Past Earnings Growth December 24th 2020

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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Advanced Micro Devices fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Advanced Micro Devices Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Advanced Micro Devices' 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. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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