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Trex Company's (NYSE:TREX) stock is up by a considerable 16% over the past month. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Trex Company'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 Is ROE Calculated?
Return on equity 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 Trex Company is:
31% = US$168m ÷ US$544m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of $0.31.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Trex Company's Earnings Growth And 31% ROE
Firstly, we acknowledge that Trex Company has a significantly high ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 18% the company's ROE is quite impressive. So, the substantial 25% net income growth seen by Trex Company over the past five years isn't overly surprising.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Trex Company's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 5.9% in the same period, which is great to see.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. If you're wondering about Trex Company's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Trex Company Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
On the whole, we feel that Trex Company's performance has been quite good. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. We also studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that the company's earnings growth is expected be similar to its current growth rate. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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