Could The Market Be Wrong About Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE:EXP) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

With its stock down 12% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP). 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. Specifically, we decided to study Eagle Materials’ 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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Eagle Materials

How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE 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 Eagle Materials is:

30% = US$366m ÷ US$1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 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 $0.30 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Eagle Materials’ Earnings Growth And 30% ROE

Firstly, we acknowledge that Eagle Materials has a significantly high ROE. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 11% also doesn’t go unnoticed by us. Probably as a result of this, Eagle Materials was able to see a decent net income growth of 11% over the last five years.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Eagle Materials’ reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 16% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

past-earnings-growth

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 Eagle Materials fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Eagle Materials Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Eagle Materials’ three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 7.7% (implying that it retains 92% of its income), which is on the lower side, so it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business.

Additionally, Eagle Materials 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. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 6.6% of its profits over the next three years. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that Eagle Materials’ future ROE will be 28% which is again, similar to the current ROE.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Eagle Materials’ 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 respectable growth in its earnings. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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