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Burger Fuel Group (NZSE:BFG) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 12% over the last month. But the company's key financial indicators appear to be differing across the board and that makes us question whether or not the company's current share price momentum can be maintained. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Burger Fuel Group's ROE today.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Burger Fuel Group is:
5.3% = NZ$576k ÷ NZ$11m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each NZ$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made NZ$0.05 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. Assuming everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.
A Side By Side comparison of Burger Fuel Group's Earnings Growth And 5.3% ROE
When you first look at it, Burger Fuel Group's ROE doesn't look that attractive. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 9.6%. Thus, the low net income growth of 2.5% seen by Burger Fuel Group over the past five years could probably be the result of the low ROE.
As a next step, we compared Burger Fuel Group's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 3.3% 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). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about Burger Fuel Group's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Burger Fuel Group Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Burger Fuel Group doesn't pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. However, this doesn't explain the low earnings growth the company has seen. So there could be some other explanation in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.
In total, we're a bit ambivalent about Burger Fuel Group's performance. Even though it appears to be retaining most of its profits, given the low ROE, investors may not be benefitting from all that reinvestment after all. The low earnings growth suggests our theory correct. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. To know the 3 risks we have identified for Burger Fuel Group visit our risks dashboard for free.
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