Technology One (ASX:TNE) has had a rough month with its share price down 7.9%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Technology One’s ROE today.
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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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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 Technology One is:
44% = AU$63m ÷ AU$142m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every A$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn A$0.44 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. 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.
Technology One’s Earnings Growth And 44% ROE
To begin with, Technology One has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 13% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. Probably as a result of this, Technology One was able to see a decent net income growth of 10.0% over the last five years.
Next, on comparing Technology One’s net income growth with the industry, we found that the company’s reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 11% in the same period.
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. Is TNE fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.
Is Technology One Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
While Technology One has a three-year median payout ratio of 65% (which means it retains 35% of profits), the company has still seen a fair bit of earnings growth in the past, meaning that its high payout ratio hasn’t hampered its ability to grow.
Additionally, Technology One has paid dividends over a period of at least ten 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 67% of its profits over the next three years. As a result, Technology One’s ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 43% for future ROE.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Technology One’s performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that’s not too bad. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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