Is Genie Energy Ltd.'s (NYSE:GNE) Stock's Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?
Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 16% over the last three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. 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.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Genie Energy is:
31% = US$51m ÷ US$162m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.31 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. 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Genie Energy's Earnings Growth And 31% ROE
To begin with, Genie Energy has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 8.4% the company's ROE is quite impressive. As a result, Genie Energy's exceptional 47% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn't come as a surprise.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Genie Energy's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 7.9% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Genie Energy fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Genie Energy Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Genie Energy's significant three-year median payout ratio of 53% (where it is retaining only 47% of its income) suggests that the company has been able to achieve a high growth in earnings despite returning most of its income to shareholders.
Additionally, Genie Energy 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.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Genie Energy's performance. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's probably a good sign. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Genie Energy's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.
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