Friday, 1 April 2022

Should Weakness in Centuria Capital Group's (ASX:CNI) Stock Be Seen As A Sign That Market Will Correct The Share Price Given Decent Financials?


Centuria Capital Group (ASX:CNI) has had a rough three months with its share price down 21%. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. Specifically, we decided to study Centuria Capital Group’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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
Return on equity 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 Centuria Capital Group is:
13%=AU$220m ÷ AU$1.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).
The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every A$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn A$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. 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.
Centuria Capital Group’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE
At first glance, Centuria Capital Group seems to have a decent ROE. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 16%. This probably goes some way in explaining Centuria Capital Group’s moderate 19% growth over the past five years amongst other factors.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Centuria Capital Group’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.






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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). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Centuria Capital Group fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Centuria Capital Group Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Centuria Capital Group has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 112% suggesting that the company’s shareholders are getting paid from more than just the company’s earnings. However, this hasn’t really hampered its ability to grow as we saw earlier. It would still be worth keeping an eye on that high payout ratio, if for some reason the company runs into problems and business deteriorates. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Centuria Capital Group by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.
Moreover, Centuria Capital Group is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Existing analyst estimates suggest that the company’s future payout ratio is expected to drop to 63% over the next three years. Regardless, the future ROE for Centuria Capital Group is predicted to decline to 8.4% despite the anticipated decrease in the payout ratio. We reckon that there could probably be other factors that could be driving the forseen decline in the company’s ROE.
Conclusion
On the whole, we do feel that Centuria Capital Group has some positive attributes. Especially the growth in earnings which was backed by an impressive ROE. Still, the high ROE could have been even more beneficial to investors had the company been reinvesting more of its profits. As highlighted earlier, the current reinvestment rate appears to be negligible. We also studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that the company’s earnings growth is expected be similar to its current growth rate. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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