Thursday, 31 March 2022

Declining Stock and Solid Fundamentals: Is The Market Wrong About Inspiration Healthcare Group plc (LON:IHC)?

Inspiration Healthcare Group (LON:IHC) has had a rough three months with its share price down 13%. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on Inspiration Healthcare Group’s ROE.
ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
Check out our latest analysis for Inspiration Healthcare Group
How To Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity=Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Inspiration Healthcare Group is:
13%=UK£4.2m ÷ UK£34m (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2021).
The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every £1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn £0.13 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Inspiration Healthcare Group’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE
To begin with, Inspiration Healthcare Group seems to have a respectable ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 9.4% the company’s ROE looks pretty remarkable. Probably as a result of this, Inspiration Healthcare Group was able to see an impressive net income growth of 37% over the last five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
We then compared Inspiration Healthcare Group’s net income growth with the industry and we’re pleased to see that the company’s growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 1.0% in the same period.


The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. Is Inspiration Healthcare Group fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Inspiration Healthcare Group Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Inspiration Healthcare Group’s ‘ three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 9.7% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (90%) of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.
While Inspiration Healthcare Group has seen growth in its earnings, it only recently started to pay a dividend. It is most likely that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend.
In total, we are pretty happy with Inspiration Healthcare Group’s performance. In particular, it’s great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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.

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