Etherstack plc's (ASX:ESK) Stock Is Going Strong: Is the Market Following Fundamentals?

Most readers would already be aware that Etherstack’s (ASX:ESK) stock increased significantly by 38% over the past three months. Given the company’s impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company’s financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Etherstack’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.

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How To 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 Etherstack is:

29% = US$2.3m ÷ US$7.9m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each A$1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made A$0.29 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.

Etherstack’s Earnings Growth And 29% ROE

Firstly, we acknowledge that Etherstack has a significantly high ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 9.0% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. So, the substantial 39% net income growth seen by Etherstack over the past five years isn’t overly surprising.

As a next step, we compared Etherstack’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 19%.

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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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. If you’re wondering about Etherstack’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Etherstack Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Etherstack 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

In total, we are pretty happy with Etherstack’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, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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