Is Pets at Home Group Plc’s (LON:PETS) Stock’s Recent Performance Being Led By Its Attractive Financial Prospects?
Pets at Home Group’s (LON:PETS) stock is up by a considerable 24% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on Pets at Home Group’s ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
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How To Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Pets at Home Group is:
11% = UK£112m ÷ UK£1.0b (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2022).
The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every £1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of £0.11.
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. 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. 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.
Pets at Home Group’s Earnings Growth And 11% ROE
At first glance, Pets at Home Group seems to have a decent ROE. Even so, when compared with the average industry ROE of 17%, we aren’t very excited. Still, we can see that Pets at Home Group has seen a remarkable net income growth of 21% over the past five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place. Bear in mind, the company does have a respectable ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is higher. So this also does lend some color to the high earnings growth seen by the company.
As a next step, we compared Pets at Home Group’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 13%.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for PETS? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is Pets at Home Group Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Pets at Home Group’s three-year median payout ratio is a pretty moderate 49%, meaning the company retains 51% of its income. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and Pets at Home Group is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.
Moreover, Pets at Home Group is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of eight years of paying a dividend. 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 57%. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that Pets at Home Group’s future ROE will be 11% which is again, similar to the current ROE.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Pets at Home Group’s performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business at a moderate rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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