It is hard to get excited after looking at Alpha and Omega Semiconductor's (NASDAQ:AOSL) recent performance, when its stock has declined 15% over the past month. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on Alpha and Omega Semiconductor's ROE.
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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor is:
13% = US$69m ÷ US$542m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).
The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.13 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. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.
A Side By Side comparison of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor's Earnings Growth And 13% ROE
To begin with, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor seems to have a respectable ROE. Even so, when compared with the average industry ROE of 17%, we aren't very excited. Still, we can see that Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has seen a remarkable net income growth of 35% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place. Bear in mind, the company does have a respectable ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is higher. So this also does lend some color to the high earnings growth seen by the company.
We then compared Alpha and Omega Semiconductor's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 17% in the same period.
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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. 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 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Given that Alpha and Omega Semiconductor doesn't pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.
On the whole, we feel that Alpha and Omega Semiconductor's performance has been quite good. In particular, it's great to see that the company has seen significant growth in its earnings backed by a respectable ROE and a high reinvestment rate. Having said that, the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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