Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (ASX:CLW) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 5.6% over the last week. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Charter Hall Long WALE REIT's ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Charter Hall Long WALE REIT is:
5.6% = AU$122m ÷ AU$2.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every A$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated A$0.06 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned 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.
Charter Hall Long WALE REIT's Earnings Growth And 5.6% ROE
At first glance, Charter Hall Long WALE REIT's ROE doesn't look very promising. However, its ROE is similar to the industry average of 6.6%, so we won't completely dismiss the company. Particularly, the exceptional 41% net income growth seen by Charter Hall Long WALE REIT over the past five years is pretty remarkable. Considering the moderately low ROE, it is quite possible that there might be some 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 Charter Hall Long WALE REIT's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 8.5% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Charter Hall Long WALE REIT's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Charter Hall Long WALE REIT Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Charter Hall Long WALE REIT has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 79%. This means that it has only 21% of its income left to reinvest into its business. However, it's not unusual to see a REIT with such a high payout ratio mainly due to statutory requirements. In spite of this, the company was able to grow its earnings significantly, as we saw above.
Additionally, Charter Hall Long WALE REIT has paid dividends over a period of four years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 99% over the next three years. Despite the higher expected payout ratio, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much.
In total, it does look like Charter Hall Long WALE REIT has some positive aspects to its business. While no doubt its earnings growth is pretty substantial, we do feel that the reinvestment rate is pretty low, meaning, the earnings growth number could have been significantly higher had the company been retaining more of its profits. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. 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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