Is Weakness In Mineral Commodities Ltd (ASX:MRC) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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Mineral Commodities (ASX:MRC) has had a rough month with its share price down 18%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Specifically, we decided to study Mineral Commodities’ ROE in this article.

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. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Mineral Commodities

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

ROE 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 Mineral Commodities is:

23% = US$14m ÷ US$61m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each A$1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made A$0.23 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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.

Mineral Commodities’ Earnings Growth And 23% ROE

To begin with, Mineral Commodities has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 15% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. Probably as a result of this, Mineral Commodities was able to see a decent net income growth of 7.2% over the last five years.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Mineral Commodities’ reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 32% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

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The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Mineral Commodities fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Mineral Commodities Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

While the company did pay out a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn’t pay a dividend. We infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Mineral Commodities’ performance has been quite good. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. As a result, the decent growth in its earnings is not surprising. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Not to forget, share price outcomes are also dependent on the potential risks a company may face. So it is important for investors to be aware of the risks involved in the business. Our risks dashboard would have the 3 risks we have identified for Mineral Commodities.

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