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# Taking A Look At Daseke, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:DSKE) ROE

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One of the best investments we can make is in our own knowledge and skill set. With that in mind, this article will work through how we can use Return On Equity (ROE) to better understand a business. By way of learning-by-doing, we'll look at ROE to gain a better understanding of Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSKE).

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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## How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Daseke is:

26% = US\$50m ÷ US\$193m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every \$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of \$0.26.

## Does Daseke Have A Good Return On Equity?

By comparing a company's ROE with its industry average, we can get a quick measure of how good it is. Importantly, this is far from a perfect measure, because companies differ significantly within the same industry classification. You can see in the graphic below that Daseke has an ROE that is fairly close to the average for the Transportation industry (26%).

So while the ROE is not exceptional, at least its acceptable. While at least the ROE is not lower than the industry, its still worth checking what role the company's debt plays as high debt levels relative to equity may also make the ROE appear high. If true, then it is more an indication of risk than the potential.

## Why You Should Consider Debt When Looking At ROE

Companies usually need to invest money to grow their profits. The cash for investment can come from prior year profits (retained earnings), issuing new shares, or borrowing. In the first two cases, the ROE will capture this use of capital to grow. In the latter case, the debt required for growth will boost returns, but will not impact the shareholders' equity. Thus the use of debt can improve ROE, albeit along with extra risk in the case of stormy weather, metaphorically speaking.

## Daseke's Debt And Its 26% ROE

We think Daseke uses a significant amount of debt to maximize its returns, as it has a significantly higher debt to equity ratio of 3.29. So although the company has an impressive ROE, the company might not have been able to achieve this without the significant use of debt.

## Summary

Return on equity is useful for comparing the quality of different businesses. A company that can achieve a high return on equity without debt could be considered a high quality business. All else being equal, a higher ROE is better.

But when a business is high quality, the market often bids it up to a price that reflects this. Profit growth rates, versus the expectations reflected in the price of the stock, are a particularly important to consider. So you might want to check this FREE visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Daseke may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

What are the risks and opportunities for Daseke?

Daseke, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Rewards

• Price-To-Earnings ratio (7.5x) is below the US market (14.6x)

• Earnings are forecast to grow 16.82% per year

Risks

• Interest payments are not well covered by earnings

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### About NasdaqCM:DSKE

#### Daseke

Daseke, Inc. provides transportation and logistics solutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Fair value with limited growth.