Is Byron Energy Limited's (ASX:BYE) Stock's Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

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Byron Energy (ASX:BYE) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 19% over the last three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on Byron Energy’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. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity 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 Byron Energy is:

13% = US$12m ÷ US$90m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every A$1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated A$0.13 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. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Byron Energy’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To start with, Byron Energy’s ROE looks acceptable. Even when compared to the industry average of 16% the company’s ROE looks quite decent. This certainly adds some context to Byron Energy’s exceptional 63% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Byron Energy’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 27% in the same period, which is great to see.

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The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. If you’re wondering about Byron Energy’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Byron Energy Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Byron Energy 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.

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Byron Energy’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. 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. You can see the 1 risk we have identified for Byron Energy by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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