It is hard to get excited after looking at Select Harvests’ (ASX:SHV) recent performance, when its stock has declined 29% over the past three months. However, the company’s fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on Select Harvests’ ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How To 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 Select Harvests is:
1.2% = AU$6.2m ÷ AU$520m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each A$1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made A$0.01 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. 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.
Select Harvests’ Earnings Growth And 1.2% ROE
As you can see, Select Harvests’ ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 7.8%, the company’s ROE is entirely unremarkable. However, the moderate 7.6% net income growth seen by Select Harvests over the past five years is definitely a positive. 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 Select Harvests’ net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 7.6% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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 Select Harvests”s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Select Harvests Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
With a three-year median payout ratio of 41% (implying that the company retains 59% of its profits), it seems that Select Harvests is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees respectable amount growth in its earnings and pays a dividend that’s well covered.
Additionally, Select Harvests 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. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to rise to 50% over the next three years. Still, forecasts suggest that Select Harvests’ future ROE will rise to 8.1% even though the the company’s payout ratio is expected to rise. We presume that there could some other characteristics of the business that could be driving the anticipated growth in the company’s ROE.
On the whole, we do feel that Select Harvests has some positive attributes. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. 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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