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Is Skechers U.S.A., Inc.'s (NYSE:SKX) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Skechers U.S.A's's (NYSE:SKX) stock is up by a considerable 54% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. Specifically, we decided to study Skechers U.S.A's ROE in this article.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

Check out our latest analysis for Skechers U.S.A

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Skechers U.S.A is:

13% = US$337m ÷ US$2.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).

The 'return' is the profit 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 $0.13 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learnt that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

Skechers U.S.A's Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To begin with, Skechers U.S.A seems to have a respectable ROE. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 13%. This certainly adds some context to Skechers U.S.A's moderate 7.6% net income growth seen over the past five years.

As a next step, we compared Skechers U.S.A's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 1.9%.

NYSE:SKX Past Earnings Growth June 19th 2020
NYSE:SKX Past Earnings Growth June 19th 2020

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. 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 Skechers U.S.A is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Skechers U.S.A Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Skechers U.S.A doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that all of its profits are being reinvested in the business, which explains the fair bit of earnings growth the company has seen.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with Skechers U.S.A's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings are expected to gain momentum. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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