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Can Investis Holding SA’s (VTX:IREN) ROE Continue To Surpass The Industry Average?

Kari Hurd

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and want to begin learning the link between Investis Holding SA (VTX:IREN)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

Investis Holding SA (VTX:IREN) delivered an ROE of 10.12% over the past 12 months, which is an impressive feat relative to its industry average of 7.88% during the same period. While the impressive ratio tells us that IREN has made significant profits from little equity capital, ROE doesn’t tell us if IREN has borrowed debt to make this happen. In this article, we’ll closely examine some factors like financial leverage to evaluate the sustainability of IREN’s ROE. See our latest analysis for Investis Holding

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

Return on Equity (ROE) weighs Investis Holding’s profit against the level of its shareholders’ equity. An ROE of 10.12% implies CHF0.10 returned on every CHF1 invested. While a higher ROE is preferred in most cases, there are several other factors we should consider before drawing any conclusions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

Returns are usually compared to costs to measure the efficiency of capital. Investis Holding’s cost of equity is 8.74%. Given a positive discrepancy of 1.38% between return and cost, this indicates that Investis Holding pays less for its capital than what it generates in return, which is a sign of capital efficiency. ROE can be dissected into three distinct 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

SWX:IREN Last Perf June 26th 18

Essentially, profit margin shows how much money the company makes after paying for all its expenses. The other component, asset turnover, illustrates how much revenue Investis Holding can make from its 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 Investis Holding’s debt-to-equity level. Currently the debt-to-equity ratio stands at a reasonable 78.43%, which means its above-average ROE is driven by its ability to grow its profit without a significant debt burden.

SWX:IREN Historical Debt June 26th 18

Next Steps:

ROE is one of many ratios which meaningfully dissects financial statements, which illustrates the quality of a company. Investis Holding’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 Investis Holding, there are three fundamental factors you should further research:

  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 Investis Holding 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 Investis Holding is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Investis Holding? 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.