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Did Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) Create Value For Shareholders?

Vernon Smith

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and looking to gauge the potential return on investment in Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX).

With an ROE of 15.56%, Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) outpaced its own industry which delivered a less exciting 11.36% over the past year. While the impressive ratio tells us that TEX has made significant profits from little equity capital, ROE doesn’t tell us if TEX has borrowed debt to make this happen. In this article, we’ll closely examine some factors like financial leverage to evaluate the sustainability of TEX’s ROE. View out our latest analysis for Terex

Peeling the layers of ROE – trisecting a company’s profitability

Return on Equity (ROE) is a measure of Terex’s profit relative to its shareholders’ equity. For example, if the company invests $1 in the form of equity, it will generate $0.16 in earnings from this. 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 assessed against cost of equity, which is measured using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) – but let’s not dive into the details of that today. For now, let’s just look at the cost of equity number for Terex, which is 10.76%. This means Terex returns enough to cover its own cost of equity, with a buffer of 4.80%. 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:TEX Last Perf June 21st 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 Terex can generate with its current 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 ROE can be inflated by excessive debt, we need to examine Terex’s debt-to-equity level. Currently the debt-to-equity ratio stands at a balanced 100.38%, which means its above-average ROE is driven by its ability to grow its profit without a significant debt burden.

NYSE:TEX Historical Debt June 21st 18

Next Steps:

ROE is a simple yet informative ratio, illustrating the various components that each measure the quality of the overall stock. Terex’s above-industry ROE is encouraging, and is also in excess of its cost of equity. Its high ROE is not likely to be driven by high debt. Therefore, investors may have more confidence in the sustainability of this level of returns going forward. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For Terex, I’ve compiled three relevant 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 Terex 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 Terex is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Terex? 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.