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Can CNX Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:CNXM) Continue To Outperform Its Industry?

Terrence Jolly

I am writing today to help inform people who are new to the stock market and want to begin learning the link between CNX Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:CNXM)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

With an ROE of 27.28%, CNX Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:CNXM) outpaced its own industry which delivered a less exciting 11.31% over the past year. Superficially, this looks great since we know that CNXM has generated big profits with little equity capital; however, ROE doesn’t tell us how much CNXM has borrowed in debt. In this article, we’ll closely examine some factors like financial leverage to evaluate the sustainability of CNXM’s ROE. See our latest analysis for CNX Midstream Partners

Breaking down Return on Equity

Firstly, Return on Equity, or ROE, is simply the percentage of last years’ earning against the book value of shareholders’ equity. It essentially shows how much the company can generate in earnings given the amount of equity it has raised. Generally speaking, a higher ROE is preferred; however, there are other factors we must also consider before making any conclusions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of CNX Midstream Partners’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 9.99%. This means CNX Midstream Partners returns enough to cover its own cost of equity, with a buffer of 17.29%. This sustainable practice implies that the company pays less for its capital than what it generates in return. ROE can be split up into three useful 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:CNXM Last Perf June 25th 18

Basically, profit margin measures how much of revenue trickles down into earnings which illustrates how efficient the business is with its cost management. Asset turnover reveals how much revenue can be generated from CNX Midstream Partners’s asset base. And finally, financial leverage is simply how much of assets are funded by equity, which exhibits how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. Since financial leverage can artificially inflate ROE, we need to look at how much debt CNX Midstream Partners currently has. The debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at a sensible 83.69%, meaning the above-average ROE is due to its capacity to produce profit growth without a huge debt burden.

NYSE:CNXM Historical Debt June 25th 18

Next Steps:

ROE is a simple yet informative ratio, illustrating the various components that each measure the quality of the overall stock. CNX Midstream Partners’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 CNX Midstream Partners, there are three pertinent aspects 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 CNX Midstream Partners 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 CNX Midstream Partners is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of CNX Midstream Partners? 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.