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With its stock down 7.5% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Belvoir Group (LON:BLV). However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. In this article, we decided to focus on Belvoir Group's ROE.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Belvoir Group is:
20% = UK£6.2m ÷ UK£31m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).
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 £0.20 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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.
Belvoir Group's Earnings Growth And 20% ROE
To start with, Belvoir Group's ROE looks acceptable. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 12%. This certainly adds some context to Belvoir Group's exceptional 22% net income growth seen over the past five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.
Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 3.7% in the same period, the net income growth of the company is quite impressive.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is BLV fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.
Is Belvoir Group Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Belvoir Group has a three-year median payout ratio of 46% (where it is retaining 54% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and Belvoir Group is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.
Besides, Belvoir Group has been paying dividends over a period of nine years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 47%. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that Belvoir Group's future ROE will be 20% which is again, similar to the current ROE.
In total, we are pretty happy with Belvoir Group's performance. 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 sizeable growth in its earnings. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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