G. Willi-Food International (NASDAQ:WILC) has had a rough three months with its share price down 20%. It seems that the market might have completely ignored the positive aspects of the company's fundamentals and decided to weigh-in more on the negative aspects. Stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. Particularly, we will be paying attention to G. Willi-Food International's ROE today.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Is ROE Calculated?
ROE can be calculated by using the formula:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for G. Willi-Food International is:
7.4% = ₪42m ÷ ₪559m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of $0.07.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.
A Side By Side comparison of G. Willi-Food International's Earnings Growth And 7.4% ROE
At first glance, G. Willi-Food International's ROE doesn't look very promising. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 11%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Although, we can see that G. Willi-Food International saw a modest net income growth of 8.4% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. 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.
As a next step, we compared G. Willi-Food International's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 10% in the same period.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if G. Willi-Food International is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is G. Willi-Food International Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
G. Willi-Food International has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 167% suggesting that the company's shareholders are getting paid from more than just the company's earnings. In spite of this, the company was able to grow its earnings respectably, as we saw above. That being said, the high payout ratio could be worth keeping an eye on in case the company is unable to keep up its current growth momentum.
Moreover, G. Willi-Food International is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of six years of paying a dividend.
On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by G. Willi-Food International can be open to many interpretations. While the company has posted impressive earnings growth, its poor ROE and low earnings retention makes us doubtful if that growth could continue, if by any chance the business is faced with any sort of risk. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on G. Willi-Food International and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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