It’s hard to get excited after looking at Corero Network Security’s (LON:CNS) recent performance, when its stock has declined 9.7% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. In this article, we decided to focus on Corero Network Security’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 To Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Corero Network Security is:
3.5% = US$554k ÷ US$16m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 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 £0.03 in profit.
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. 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.
Corero Network Security’s Earnings Growth And 3.5% ROE
On the face of it, Corero Network Security’s ROE is not much to talk about. Next, when compared to the industry average ROE of 7.5%, the company’s ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Despite this, surprisingly, Corero Network Security saw an exceptional 47% net income growth over the past five years. So, there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Corero Network Security’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 13% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. 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 Corero Network Security is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Corero Network Security Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Corero Network Security doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, meaning that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This is likely what’s driving the high earnings growth number discussed above.
Overall, we feel that Corero Network Security certainly has some positive factors to consider. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. Having said that, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink 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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