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Is Dynasil Corporation of America’s (DYSL) 14.38% ROE Good Enough Compared To Its Industry?

Gavin Beck

Dynasil Corporation of America (NASDAQ:DYSL) delivered an ROE of 14.38% over the past 12 months, which is an impressive feat relative to its industry average of 10.55% during the same period. On the surface, this looks fantastic since we know that DYSL has made large profits from little equity capital; however, ROE doesn’t tell us if management have borrowed heavily to make this happen. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some factors like financial leverage to see how sustainable DYSL’s ROE is. View our latest analysis for Dynasil of America

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

Firstly, Return on Equity, or ROE, is simply the percentage of last years’ earning against the book value of shareholders’ equity. An ROE of 14.38% implies $0.14 returned on every $1 invested. 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 DYSL, which is 10.93%. Since DYSL’s return covers its cost in excess of 3.45%, its use of equity capital is efficient and likely to be sustainable. Simply put, DYSL 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

NasdaqCM:DYSL Last Perf Nov 15th 17

Essentially, profit margin shows how much money the company makes after paying for all its expenses. Asset turnover shows how much revenue DYSL 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 DYSL’s capital structure is. Since ROE can be artificially increased through excessive borrowing, we should check DYSL’s historic debt-to-equity ratio. The debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at a low 16.39%, meaning the above-average ROE is due to its capacity to produce profit growth without a huge debt burden.

NasdaqCM:DYSL Historical Debt Nov 15th 17

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? DYSL’s ROE is impressive relative to the industry average and also covers its cost of equity. Since ROE is not inflated by excessive debt, it might be a good time to add more of DYSL to your portfolio if your personal research is confirming what the ROE is telling you. If you’re looking for new ideas for high-returning stocks, you should take a look at our free platform to see the list of stocks with Return on Equity over 20%.

Are you a potential investor? If DYSL has been on your watch list for a while, making an investment decision based on ROE alone is unwise. I recommend you do additional fundamental analysis by looking through our most recent infographic report on Dynasil of America to help you make a more informed investment decision.


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