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Mulberry Group plc's (LON:MUL) Fundamentals Look Pretty Strong: Could The Market Be Wrong About The Stock?

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Mulberry Group (LON:MUL) has had a rough month with its share price down 8.1%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Mulberry Group's ROE today.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

View our latest analysis for Mulberry Group

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 Mulberry Group is:

54% = UK£14m ÷ UK£26m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every £1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of £0.54.

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. 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 all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

Mulberry Group's Earnings Growth And 54% ROE

First thing first, we like that Mulberry Group has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 23% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Needless to say, we are quite surprised to see that Mulberry Group's net income shrunk at a rate of 35% over the past five years. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that are preventing the company's growth. For example, it could be that the company has a high payout ratio or the business has allocated capital poorly, for instance.

As a next step, we compared Mulberry Group's performance with the industry and found thatMulberry Group's performance is depressing even when compared with the industry, which has shrunk its earnings at a rate of 0.7% in the same period, which is a slower than the company.

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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). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Mulberry Group fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Mulberry Group Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Mulberry Group doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that the company is keeping all of its profits, which makes us wonder why it is retaining its earnings if it can't use them to grow its business. So there could be some other explanations in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Summary

In total, it does look like Mulberry Group has some positive aspects to its business. Although, we are disappointed to see a lack of growth in earnings even in spite of a high ROE and and a high reinvestment rate. We believe that there might be some outside factors that could be having a negative impact on the business. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. You can see the 2 risks we have identified for Mulberry Group by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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