It is hard to get excited after looking at Cirrus Logic's (NASDAQ:CRUS) recent performance, when its stock has declined 12% over the past month. 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 Cirrus Logic's ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.
How Is ROE Calculated?
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 Cirrus Logic is:
22% = US$349m ÷ US$1.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.22 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. 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.
Cirrus Logic's Earnings Growth And 22% ROE
At first glance, Cirrus Logic seems to have a decent ROE. Even when compared to the industry average of 19% the company's ROE looks quite decent. This probably goes some way in explaining Cirrus Logic's moderate 12% growth over the past five years amongst other factors.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Cirrus Logic's reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 26% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.
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). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Cirrus Logic fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Cirrus Logic Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Given that Cirrus Logic doesn't pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.
In total, we are pretty happy with Cirrus Logic'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 respectable growth in its earnings. Having said that, the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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