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Will Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna (WSE:DBC) Continue To Underperform Its Industry?

Brandie Wetzel

I am writing today to help inform people who are new to the stock market and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna (WSE:DBC).

Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s (WSE:DBC) most recent return on equity was a substandard 11.14% relative to its industry performance of 13.93% over the past year. An investor may attribute an inferior ROE to a relatively inefficient performance, and whilst this can often be the case, knowing the nuts and bolts of the ROE calculation may change that perspective and give you a deeper insight into DBC’s past performance. Today I will look at how components such as financial leverage can influence ROE which may impact the sustainability of DBC’s returns. Check out our latest analysis for Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna

Breaking down Return on Equity

Return on Equity (ROE) weighs Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s profit against the level of its shareholders’ equity. It essentially shows how much the company can generate in earnings given the amount of equity it has raised. Generally speaking, a higher ROE is preferred; however, there are other factors we must also consider before making any conclusions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

Returns are usually compared to costs to measure the efficiency of capital. Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s cost of equity is 10.28%. Some of Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s peers may have a higher ROE but its cost of equity could exceed this return, leading to an unsustainable negative discrepancy i.e. the company spends more than it earns. This is not the case for Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna which is reassuring. ROE can be dissected into three distinct ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

WSE:DBC Last Perf June 26th 18

Essentially, profit margin shows how much money the company makes after paying for all its expenses. Asset turnover reveals how much revenue can be generated from Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s asset base. Finally, financial leverage will be our main focus today. It shows how much of assets are funded by equity and can show how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. Since ROE can be artificially increased through excessive borrowing, we should check Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s historic debt-to-equity ratio. Currently Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna has virtually no debt, which means its returns are predominantly driven by equity capital. This could explain why Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s’ ROE is lower than its industry peers, most of which may have some degree of debt in its business.

WSE:DBC Historical Debt June 26th 18

Next Steps:

ROE is a simple yet informative ratio, illustrating the various components that each measure the quality of the overall stock. While Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna exhibits a weak ROE against its peers, its returns are sufficient enough to cover its cost of equity. Its appropriate level of leverage means investors can be more confident in the sustainability of Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna’s return with a possible increase should the company decide to increase its debt levels. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Valuation: What is Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Firma Oponiarska Debica Spólka Akcyjna? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.