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Has Gale Pacific Limited (ASX:GAP) Stock's Recent Performance Got Anything to Do With Its Financial Health?

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Most readers would already know that Gale Pacific's (ASX:GAP) stock increased by 9.8% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to investigate if the company's decent financials had a hand to play in the recent price move. Specifically, we decided to study Gale Pacific's ROE in this article.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Gale Pacific

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Gale Pacific is:

6.7% = AU\$6.1m Ã· AU\$91m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every A\$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn A\$0.07 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 donâ€™t share these attributes.

Gale Pacific's Earnings Growth And 6.7% ROE

When you first look at it, Gale Pacific's ROE doesn't look that attractive. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 11% either. However, we we're pleasantly surprised to see that Gale Pacific grew its net income at a significant rate of 30% in the last five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

As a next step, we compared Gale Pacific'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 13%.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. If you're wondering about Gale Pacific's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Gale Pacific Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Gale Pacific has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 60%, meaning the company only retains 40% of its income. This implies that the company has been able to achieve high earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Additionally, Gale Pacific has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

Conclusion

In total, it does look like Gale Pacific has some positive aspects to its business. That is, quite an impressive growth in earnings. However, the low profit retention means that the company's earnings growth could have been higher, had it been reinvesting a higher portion of its profits. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. You can do your own research on Gale Pacific and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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