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# Can Mixed Fundamentals Have A Negative Impact on MIND C.T.I. Ltd (NASDAQ:MNDO) Current Share Price Momentum?

MIND C.T.I's (NASDAQ:MNDO) stock is up by a considerable 16% over the past three months. But the company's key financial indicators appear to be differing across the board and that makes us question whether or not the company's current share price momentum can be maintained. In this article, we decided to focus on MIND C.T.I's ROE.

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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for MIND C.T.I

### How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

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 MIND C.T.I is:

25% = US\$5.3m ÷ US\$21m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

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 \$0.25 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. 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.

### MIND C.T.I's Earnings Growth And 25% ROE

To begin with, MIND C.T.I has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Additionally, the company's ROE is higher compared to the industry average of 12% which is quite remarkable. Given the circumstances, we can't help but wonder why MIND C.T.I saw little to no growth in the past five years. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that's limiting the company's growth. Such as, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.

As a next step, we compared MIND C.T.I's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 31% in the same period.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is MIND C.T.I fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is MIND C.T.I Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

MIND C.T.I has a high three-year median payout ratio of 98% (or a retention ratio of 2.0%), meaning that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This does go some way in explaining why there's been no growth in its earnings.

In addition, MIND C.T.I has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth.

### Summary

Overall, we have mixed feelings about MIND C.T.I. While the company does have a high rate of return, its low earnings retention is probably what's hampering its earnings growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on MIND C.T.I and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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