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National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPK) On An Uptrend: Could Fundamentals Be Driving The Stock?

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National Presto Industries' (NYSE:NPK) stock is up by 3.9% over the past month. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on National Presto Industries' ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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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 National Presto Industries is:

10% = US$36m ÷ US$354m (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.10 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.

National Presto Industries' Earnings Growth And 10% ROE

To begin with, National Presto Industries seems to have a respectable ROE. Be that as it may, the company's ROE is still quite lower than the industry average of 13%. Additionally, the flat earnings seen by National Presto Industries over the past five years doesn't paint a very bright picture. Bear in mind, the company does have a respectable level of ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is higher. So there might be other reasons for the flat earnings growth. For example, it could be that the company has a high payout ratio or the business has alloacted capital, for instance.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that the industry grew its earnings by13% in the same period.

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Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about National Presto Industries''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is National Presto Industries Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

National Presto Industries' low three-year median payout ratio of 17% (implying that the company keeps83% of its income) should mean that the company is retaining most of its earnings to fuel its growth and this should be reflected in its growth number, but that's not the case.

Additionally, National Presto Industries has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years, which means that the company's management is determined to pay dividends even if it means little to no earnings growth.

Summary

In total, it does look like National Presto Industries has some positive aspects to its business. However, while the company does have a decent ROE and a high profit retention, its earnings growth number is quite disappointing. This suggests that there might be some external threat to the business, that's hampering growth. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. To gain further insights into National Presto Industries' past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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