QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 6.3% over the last month. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on QUALCOMM's ROE.
ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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 QUALCOMM is:
54% = US$11b ÷ US$20b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2023).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.54 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. 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 QUALCOMM's Earnings Growth And 54% ROE
Firstly, we acknowledge that QUALCOMM has a significantly high ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 16% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Under the circumstances, QUALCOMM's considerable five year net income growth of 49% was to be expected.
As a next step, we compared QUALCOMM'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 32%.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. What is QCOM worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether QCOM is currently mispriced by the market.
Is QUALCOMM Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
QUALCOMM's three-year median payout ratio is a pretty moderate 32%, meaning the company retains 68% of its income. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and QUALCOMM is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.
Moreover, QUALCOMM 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. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 34%. However, QUALCOMM's future ROE is expected to decline to 35% despite there being not much change anticipated in the company's payout ratio.
In total, we are pretty happy with QUALCOMM's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. With that said, on studying the latest analyst forecasts, we found that while the company has seen growth in its past earnings, analysts expect its future earnings to shrink. 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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