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Is Weakness In Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) has had a rough week with its share price down 4.5%. However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Akamai Technologies' ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Akamai Technologies

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 Akamai Technologies is:

13% = US$584m ÷ US$4.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.13 in profit.

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 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 Akamai Technologies' Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To begin with, Akamai Technologies seems to have a respectable ROE. Be that as it may, the company's ROE is still quite lower than the industry average of 18%. Although, we can see that Akamai Technologies saw a modest net income growth of 18% 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. However, not to forget, the company does have a decent ROE to begin with, just that it is lower than the industry average. So this also does lend some color to the fairly high earnings growth seen by the company.

As a next step, we compared Akamai Technologies' 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 12%.

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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). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. What is AKAM worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether AKAM is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Akamai Technologies Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Akamai Technologies' performance. Specifically, we like that it has been reinvesting a high portion of its profits at a moderate rate of return, resulting in earnings expansion. Having said that, the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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