Halma (LON:HLMA) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 14% over the last 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Halma’s ROE.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Halma is:
14% = UK£238m ÷ UK£1.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).
The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every £1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of £0.14.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Halma’s Earnings Growth And 14% ROE
At first glance, Halma seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 10% the company’s ROE looks pretty remarkable. This certainly adds some context to Halma’s decent 8.5% net income growth seen over the past five years.
As a next step, we compared Halma’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 5.5%.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. Is Halma fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Halma Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Halma has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 33% (or a retention ratio of 67%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.
Besides, Halma has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Based on the latest analysts’ estimates, we found that the company’s future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 30%. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that Halma’s future ROE will be 16% which is again, similar to the current ROE.
In total, we are pretty happy with Halma’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. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. 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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