CECO Environmental (NASDAQ:CECO) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 22% over the last three months. We wonder if and what role the company’s financials play in that price change as a company’s long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study CECO Environmental’s ROE in this article.
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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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How Is ROE Calculated?
ROE 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 CECO Environmental is:
8.4% = US$18m ÷ US$218m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
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 $0.08 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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 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.
CECO Environmental’s Earnings Growth And 8.4% ROE
When you first look at it, CECO Environmental’s ROE doesn’t look that attractive. A quick further study shows that the company’s ROE doesn’t compare favorably to the industry average of 13% either. In spite of this, CECO Environmental was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 36% in the last five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that CECO Environmental’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 6.7% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. What is CECO worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CECO is currently mispriced by the market.
Is CECO Environmental Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Given that CECO Environmental doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.
Overall, we feel that CECO Environmental certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Despite its low rate of return, the fact that the company reinvests a very high portion of its profits into its business, no doubt contributed to its high earnings growth. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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