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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.'s (NASDAQ:BMRN) Stock Has Seen Strong Momentum: Does That Call For Deeper Study Of Its Financial Prospects?

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Most readers would already be aware that BioMarin Pharmaceutical's (NASDAQ:BMRN) stock increased significantly by 10% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. In this article, we decided to focus on BioMarin Pharmaceutical's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

Check out our latest analysis for BioMarin Pharmaceutical

How Do You 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 BioMarin Pharmaceutical is:

3.5% = US$114m ÷ US$3.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made $0.04 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. 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.

BioMarin Pharmaceutical's Earnings Growth And 3.5% ROE

As you can see, BioMarin Pharmaceutical's ROE looks pretty weak. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 19%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. Despite this, surprisingly, BioMarin Pharmaceutical saw an exceptional 33% net income growth over the past five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

We then compared BioMarin Pharmaceutical's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 24% in the same period.

NasdaqGS:BMRN Past Earnings Growth May 1st 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. Has the market priced in the future outlook for BMRN? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is BioMarin Pharmaceutical Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

BioMarin Pharmaceutical 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.

Conclusion

In total, it does look like BioMarin Pharmaceutical has some positive aspects to its business. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. 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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