Animalcare Group’s (LON:ANCR) stock up by 2.8% over the past three months. However, we decided to study the company’s mixed-bag of fundamentals to assess what this could mean for future share prices, as stock prices tend to be aligned with a company’s long-term financial performance. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Animalcare Group’s ROE today.
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 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 Animalcare Group is:
2.5%=UK£2.0m ÷ UK£79m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. That means that for every £1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated £0.02 in profit.
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.
Animalcare Group’s Earnings Growth And 2.5% ROE
It is hard to argue that Animalcare Group’s ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 4.8%, the company’s ROE is quite dismal. Despite this, surprisingly, Animalcare Group saw an exceptional 59% net income growth over the past five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.
As a next step, we compared Animalcare Group’s net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 9.9%.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you’re wondering about Animalcare Group’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Animalcare Group Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Animalcare Group has very a high three-year median payout ratio of 168% suggesting that the company’s shareholders are getting paid from more than just the company’s earnings. However, this hasn’t hampered its ability to grow as we saw earlier. Although, it could be worth keeping an eye on the high payout ratio as that’s a huge risk. Our risks dashboard should have the 2 risks we have identified for Animalcare Group.
Moreover, Animalcare Group is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of five years of paying a dividend. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company’s future payout ratio is expected to drop to 28% over the next three years.
In total, we’re a bit ambivalent about Animalcare Group’s performance. While the company has posted impressive earnings growth, its poor ROE and low earnings retention makes us doubtful if that growth could continue, if by any chance the business is faced with any sort of risk. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
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