With its stock down 28% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Sirius Real Estate (LON:SRE). However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Sirius Real Estate’s ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
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How Do You 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 Sirius Real Estate is:
12% = €148m ÷ €1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each £1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made £0.12 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. Assuming everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don’t necessarily bear these characteristics.
Sirius Real Estate’s Earnings Growth And 12% ROE
To begin with, Sirius Real Estate seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 10%. Probably as a result of this, Sirius Real Estate was able to see a decent growth of 13% over the last five years.
Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 3.2% in the same period, the net income growth of the company is quite impressive.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Sirius Real Estate is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E , relative to its industry.
Is Sirius Real Estate Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Sirius Real Estate has a three-year median payout ratio of 30%, which implies that it retains the remaining 70% of its profits. This suggests that its dividend is well covered, and given the decent growth seen by the company, it looks like management is reinvesting its earnings efficiently.
Additionally, Sirius Real Estate has paid dividends over a period of eight years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company’s future payout ratio is expected to rise to 60% over the next three years. Accordingly, the expected increase in the payout ratio explains the expected decline in the company’s ROE to 8.0%, over the same period.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Sirius Real Estate’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. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down. 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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