Is Comfort Systems USA, Inc.'s (NYSE:FIX) Stock's Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Comfort Systems USA’s (NYSE:FIX) stock is up by a considerable 31% over the past 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 Comfort Systems USA’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. 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 Comfort Systems USA

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Comfort Systems USA is:

19% = US$149m ÷ US$772m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.19 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. 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. 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.

Comfort Systems USA’s Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

To start with, Comfort Systems USA’s ROE looks acceptable. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 9.4% the company’s ROE looks pretty remarkable. This probably laid the ground for Comfort Systems USA’s significant 21% net income growth seen over the past five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this growth. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

We then compared Comfort Systems USA’s net income growth with the industry and we’re pleased to see that the company’s growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 16% in the same period.

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Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. Is FIX fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is Comfort Systems USA Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Comfort Systems USA’s three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 11%, which is quite low. This implies that the company is retaining 89% of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.

Besides, Comfort Systems USA has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 9.8%.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Comfort Systems USA’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. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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