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What is Behind SandRidge Permian Trust’s (NYSE:PER) Superior ROE?

SandRidge Permian Trust (NYSE:PER) outperformed the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production industry on the basis of its ROE – producing a higher 19.42% relative to the peer average of 11.36% over the past 12 months. While the impressive ratio tells us that PER has made significant profits from little equity capital, ROE doesn’t tell us if PER has borrowed debt to make this happen. In this article, we’ll closely examine some factors like financial leverage to evaluate the sustainability of PER’s ROE. Check out our latest analysis for SandRidge Permian Trust

Breaking down ROE — the mother of all ratios

Return on Equity (ROE) weighs SandRidge Permian Trust’s profit against the level of its shareholders’ equity. For example, if the company invests $1 in the form of equity, it will generate $0.19 in earnings from this. In most cases, a higher ROE is preferred; however, there are many other factors we must consider prior to making any investment decisions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of SandRidge Permian Trust’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 10.18%. Given a positive discrepancy of 9.23% between return and cost, this indicates that SandRidge Permian Trust pays less for its capital than what it generates in return, which is a sign of capital efficiency. ROE can be broken down into three different ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

NYSE:PER Last Perf Jun 8th 18
NYSE:PER Last Perf Jun 8th 18

The first component is profit margin, which measures how much of sales is retained after the company pays for all its expenses. Asset turnover shows how much revenue SandRidge Permian Trust can generate with its current asset base. Finally, financial leverage will be our main focus today. It shows how much of assets are funded by equity and can show how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. Since ROE can be artificially increased through excessive borrowing, we should check SandRidge Permian Trust’s historic debt-to-equity ratio. Currently, SandRidge Permian Trust has no debt which means its returns are driven purely by equity capital. Therefore, the level of financial leverage has no impact on ROE, and the ratio is a representative measure of the efficiency of all its capital employed firm-wide.

NYSE:PER Historical Debt Jun 8th 18
NYSE:PER Historical Debt Jun 8th 18

Next Steps:

While ROE is a relatively simple calculation, it can be broken down into different ratios, each telling a different story about the strengths and weaknesses of a company. SandRidge Permian Trust’s above-industry ROE is encouraging, and is also in excess of its cost of equity. ROE is not likely to be inflated by excessive debt funding, giving shareholders more conviction in the sustainability of high returns. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For SandRidge Permian Trust, I’ve put together three key factors you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.

  2. Valuation: What is SandRidge Permian Trust worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether SandRidge Permian Trust is currently mispriced by the market.

  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of SandRidge Permian Trust? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.