EROAD Limited's (NZSE:ERD) Stock Has Shown Weakness Lately But Financial Prospects Look Decent: Is The Market Wrong?

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EROAD (NZSE:ERD) has had a rough three months with its share price down 7.6%. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. In this article, we decided to focus on EROAD’s ROE.

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. 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 EROAD

How Do You 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 EROAD is:

1.9% = NZ$2.0m ÷ NZ$105m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every NZ$1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated NZ$0.02 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or “retains” for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don’t have the same features.

EROAD’s Earnings Growth And 1.9% ROE

As you can see, EROAD’s ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 23%, the company’s ROE is entirely unremarkable. However, we we’re pleasantly surprised to see that EROAD grew its net income at a significant rate of 38% in the last five years. We believe that 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.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that EROAD’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 11% in the same period, which is great to see.

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Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. Is ERD fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is EROAD Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

EROAD doesn’t pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that EROAD has some positive attributes. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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