Arabian Cement’s (TADAWUL:3010) stock is up by a considerable 34% over the past three months. We, however wanted to have a closer look at its key financial indicators as the markets usually pay for long-term fundamentals, and in this case, they don’t look very promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Arabian Cement’s ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
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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 Arabian Cement is:
7.2% = ر.س209m ÷ ر.س2.9b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every SAR1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of SAR0.07.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. 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. 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.
Arabian Cement’s Earnings Growth And 7.2% ROE
As you can see, Arabian Cement’s ROE looks pretty weak. Even when compared to the industry average of 9.1%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. For this reason, Arabian Cement’s five year net income decline of 38% is not surprising given its lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.
Furthermore, even when compared to the industry, which has been shrinking its earnings at a rate 22% in the same period, we found that Arabian Cement’s performance is pretty disappointing, as it suggests that the company has been shrunk its earnings at a rate faster than the industry.
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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for 3010? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Arabian Cement Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Arabian Cement’s very high three-year median payout ratio of 116% over the last three years suggests that the company is paying its shareholders more than what it is earning and this explains the company’s shrinking earnings. Its usually very hard to sustain dividend payments that are higher than reported profits. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Arabian Cement visit our risks dashboard for free.
Moreover, Arabian Cement has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth. Existing analyst estimates suggest that the company’s future payout ratio is expected to drop to 66% over the next three years. Regardless, the ROE is not expected to change much for the company despite the lower expected payout ratio.
On the whole, Arabian Cement’s performance is quite a big let-down. The low ROE, combined with the fact that the company is paying out almost if not all, of its profits as dividends, has resulted in the lack or absence of growth in its earnings. With that said, we studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that while the company has shrunk its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to grow in the future. To know more about the company’s future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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