Is Objective Corporation Limited’s (ASX:OCL) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Objective (ASX:OCL) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 68% over the last three months. 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Objective’s ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for ObjectiveHow 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 Objective is:

32% = AU$9.7m ÷ AU$30m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. That means that for every A$1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated A$0.32 in profit.What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or “retain”, we are then able to evaluate a company’s future ability to generate profits. 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.Objective’s Earnings Growth And 32% ROE

To begin with, Objective has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 14% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. This likely paved the way for the modest 14% net income growth seen by Objective over the past five years. Growth

As a next step, we compared Objective’s net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 14% in the same period.

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Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. 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 Objective is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.Is Objective Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Objective has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 48% (or a retention ratio of 52%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.

Moreover, Objective is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to rise to 60% over the next three years. Regardless, the ROE is not expected to change much for the company despite the higher expected payout ratio.

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On the whole, we feel that Objective’s performance has been quite good. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings are expected to accelerate. 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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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