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# Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Genie Energy Ltd. (NYSE:GNE)?

With its stock down 8.3% over the past month, it is easy to disregard Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE). However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Genie Energy's ROE today.

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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

Check out our latest analysis for Genie Energy

## 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 Genie Energy is:

6.1% = US\$11m ÷ US\$179m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every \$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn \$0.06 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. 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. 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.

## A Side By Side comparison of Genie Energy's Earnings Growth And 6.1% ROE

At first glance, Genie Energy's ROE doesn't look very promising. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 8.9%. Despite this, surprisingly, Genie Energy saw an exceptional 28% net income growth over the past five years. So, there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

As a next step, we compared Genie Energy'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 5.6%.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Genie Energy's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Genie Energy Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Genie Energy's ' three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 16% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (84%) of its profits. So it looks like Genie Energy is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business, which shows in its earnings growth.

Moreover, Genie Energy is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.

## Summary

Overall, we feel that Genie Energy certainly does have some positive factors to consider. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Genie Energy by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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