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

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SPS Commerce (NASDAQ:SPSC) has had a rough three months with its share price down 8.0%. 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. Particularly, we will be paying attention to SPS Commerce'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.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for return on equity is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for SPS Commerce is:

11% = US$46m ÷ US$441m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

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 $0.11.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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 SPS Commerce's Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

To begin with, SPS Commerce seems to have a respectable ROE. Be that as it may, the company's ROE is still quite lower than the industry average of 14%. Still, we can see that SPS Commerce has seen a remarkable net income growth of 48% over the past five years. Therefore, there could be other causes behind this growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently. Bear in mind, the company does have a respectable ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is higher. So this certainly also provides some context to the high earnings growth seen by the company.

As a next step, we compared SPS Commerce'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 25%.

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The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. Is SPS Commerce fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is SPS Commerce Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with SPS Commerce's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business at a moderate rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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