Most readers would already be aware that India Tourism Development’s (NSE:ITDC) stock increased significantly by 85% over the past 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. Specifically, we decided to study India Tourism Development’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.
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for India Tourism Development is:
20% = ₹683m ÷ ₹3.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).
The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings over the last year. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated ₹0.20 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. 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.
India Tourism Development’s Earnings Growth And 20% ROE
To begin with, India Tourism Development seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 13%. This certainly adds some context to India Tourism Development’s exceptional 27% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also 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 India Tourism Development’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 31% in the same period.
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). Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. 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 India Tourism Development is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is India Tourism Development Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
India Tourism Development has a three-year median payout ratio of 28% (where it is retaining 72% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. This suggests that its dividend is well covered, and given the high growth we discussed above, it looks like India Tourism Development is reinvesting its earnings efficiently.
Additionally, India Tourism Development has paid dividends over a period of nine years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.
Overall, we are quite pleased with India Tourism Development’s performance. 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. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Remember, the price of a stock is also dependent on the perceived risk. Therefore investors must keep themselves informed about the risks involved before investing in any company. Our risks dashboard would have the 2 risks we have identified for India Tourism Development.
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