With its stock down 1.6% over the past week, it is easy to disregard FRP Holdings (NASDAQ:FRPH). We, however decided to study the company's financials to determine if they have got anything to do with the price decline. Stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. In this article, we decided to focus on FRP Holdings' ROE.
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.
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 FRP Holdings is:
2.5% = US$9.7m ÷ US$386m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.03 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.
FRP Holdings' Earnings Growth And 2.5% ROE
It is hard to argue that FRP Holdings' ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 8.5%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. As a result, FRP Holdings' flat earnings over the past five years doesn't come as a surprise given its lower ROE.
We then compared FRP Holdings' net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 4.0% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about FRP Holdings''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is FRP Holdings Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
In total, we're a bit ambivalent about FRP Holdings' performance. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the earnings growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of FRP Holdings' past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.
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