ViDiS’ (WSE:VDS) stock is up by a considerable 30% 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. Specifically, we decided to study ViDiS’ ROE in this article.
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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
Return on equity 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 ViDiS is:
15% = zł2.7m ÷ zł18m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).
The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each PLN1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made PLN0.15 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of ViDiS’ Earnings Growth And 15% ROE
To begin with, ViDiS seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company’s ROE is similar to the industry average of 18%. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the decent growth of 9.8% seen over the past five years by ViDiS.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that ViDiS’ reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 20% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.
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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you’re wondering about ViDiS”s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is ViDiS Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
ViDiS doesn’t pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the decent earnings growth number that we discussed above.
On the whole, we feel that ViDiS’ performance has been quite good. In particular, it’s great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a respectable growth in its earnings. 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. Our risks dashboard would have the 2 risks we have identified for ViDiS.
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