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Why Taylor Devices Inc (NASDAQ:TAYD) Delivered An Inferior ROE Compared To The Industry

Brandy Kinsey

The content of this article will benefit those of you who are starting to educate yourself about investing in the stock market and want to begin learning the link between company’s fundamentals and stock market performance.

Taylor Devices Inc (NASDAQ:TAYD) generated a below-average return on equity of 3.52% in the past 12 months, while its industry returned 12.17%. Though TAYD’s recent performance is underwhelming, it is useful to understand what ROE is made up of and how it should be interpreted. Knowing these components can change your views on TAYD’s below-average returns. Metrics such as financial leverage can impact the level of ROE which in turn can affect the sustainability of TAYD’s returns. Let me show you what I mean by this.

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Breaking down Return on Equity

Return on Equity (ROE) weighs Taylor Devices’s profit against the level of its shareholders’ equity. An ROE of 3.52% implies $0.035 returned on every $1 invested. While a higher ROE is preferred in most cases, there are several other factors we should consider before drawing any conclusions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of Taylor Devices’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 9.00%. Given a discrepancy of -5.48% between return and cost, this indicated that Taylor Devices may be paying more for its capital than what it’s generating in return. ROE can be split up into three useful ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

NasdaqCM:TAYD Last Perf August 15th 18

Essentially, profit margin shows how much money the company makes after paying for all its expenses. Asset turnover shows how much revenue Taylor Devices can generate with its current asset base. Finally, financial leverage will be our main focus today. It shows how much of assets are funded by equity and can show how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. Since financial leverage can artificially inflate ROE, we need to look at how much debt Taylor Devices currently has. Currently, Taylor Devices has no debt which means its returns are driven purely by equity capital. This could explain why Taylor Devices’s’ ROE is lower than its industry peers, most of which may have some degree of debt in its business.

NasdaqCM:TAYD Historical Debt August 15th 18

Next Steps:

ROE is a simple yet informative ratio, illustrating the various components that each measure the quality of the overall stock. Taylor Devices’s ROE is underwhelming relative to the industry average, and its returns were also not strong enough to cover its own cost of equity. However, ROE is not likely to be inflated by excessive debt funding, giving shareholders more conviction in the sustainability of returns, which has headroom to increase further. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For Taylor Devices, I’ve compiled three fundamental factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Valuation: What is Taylor Devices worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether Taylor Devices is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Taylor Devices? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.