Is Weakness In Nicolás Correa, S.A. (BME:NEA) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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Nicolás Correa (BME:NEA) has had a rough three months with its share price down 28%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Specifically, we decided to study Nicolás Correa’s ROE in this article.

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. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for Nicolás Correa

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 Nicolás Correa is:

15% = €8.2m ÷ €54m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every €1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated €0.15 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learnt that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

Nicolás Correa’s Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

To start with, Nicolás Correa’s ROE looks acceptable. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 15%. This certainly adds some context to Nicolás Correa’s exceptional 41% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. 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 the growth figure reported by Nicolás Correa compares quite favourably to the industry average, which shows a decline of 1.3% in the same period.

BME:NEA Past Earnings Growth May 22nd 2020

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. Is Nicolás Correa fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Nicolás Correa Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Nicolás Correa’s ‘ three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 21% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (79%) of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.

While Nicolás Correa has been growing its earnings, it only recently started to pay dividends which likely means that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 24% of its profits over the next three years.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Nicolás Correa’s performance has been quite good. 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 sizeable growth in its earnings. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Remember, the price of a stock is also dependent on the perceived risk. Therefore investors must keep themselves informed about the risks involved before investing in any company. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Nicolás Correa by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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