Is Weakness In SelectQuote, Inc. (NYSE:SLQT) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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It is hard to get excited after looking at SelectQuote’s (NYSE:SLQT) recent performance, when its stock has declined 35% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Particularly, we will be paying attention to SelectQuote’s ROE today.

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.

View our latest analysis for SelectQuote

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 SelectQuote is:

13% = US$85m ÷ US$634m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of $0.13.

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. 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 SelectQuote’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To start with, SelectQuote’s ROE looks acceptable. Even when compared to the industry average of 11% the company’s ROE looks quite decent. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the impressive net income growth of 57% seen over the past five years by SelectQuote. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

As a next step, we compared SelectQuote’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 12%.

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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. What is SLQT worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether SLQT is currently mispriced by the market.

Is SelectQuote Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

SelectQuote doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, meaning that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This is likely what’s driving the high earnings growth number discussed above.

Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with SelectQuote’s performance. In particular, it’s great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company’s fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst’s forecasts page for the company.

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