Could the market be wrong about LBG Media plc (LON:LBG) given the attractive financial outlook?

It’s hard to get excited after looking at LBG Media’s (LON:LBG) recent performance, when its stock has fallen 6.7% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might conclude that its strong financial position could mean the stock may appreciate in the long run, as markets typically reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on: LBG Medias ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool for assessing how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it has received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures a company’s profitability in relation to its equity.

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How to calculate the return on equity?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on equity = net profit (from continuing operations) ÷ equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for LBG Media is:

10% = UK£5.2m ÷ UK£52m (based on 12 months remaining to December 2021).

The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the past twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every £1 of equity, the company could make a profit of £0.10.

What is the relationship between ROE and earnings growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or “keep”, we can then evaluate a company’s future ability to generate profits. In general, companies with a high return on equity and retained earnings, all things being equal, have a higher growth rate than companies that do not share these characteristics.

A side-by-side comparison of LBG Media’s earnings growth and 10% ROE

For starters, LBG Media’s ROE looks acceptable. Be that as it may, the company’s ROE is still quite below the industry average of 13%. However, the moderate 19% net income growth that LBG Media has seen over the past five years is certainly positive. Thus, earnings growth could likely have been driven by other variables. For example, the company has a low payout ratio or is efficiently managed. Keep in mind that the company has a respectable ROE level. It’s just that the industry’s ROE is higher. So this also provides some context for the earnings growth the company is seeing.

Then, when we compared LBG Media’s net income growth to the industry, we found that the company’s reported growth is comparable to the industry’s average growth rate of 23% over the same period.

past earnings growth

past earnings growth

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to determine whether the expected earnings growth or decline, whichever is the case, has been priced in. This then helps him determine whether the stock is positioned for a bright or bleak future. Has the market priced in the future prospects for LBG? You can find out in our latest infographic research report on intrinsic value

Does LBG Media reinvest its profits efficiently?

LBG Media is not currently paying a dividend, which essentially means that it has invested all of its profits in the company. This certainly contributes to the decent earnings growth we discussed above.

Conclusion

Overall, we’re quite happy with LBG Media’s performance. We especially like that the company is heavily reinvesting in its business at moderate returns. Unsurprisingly, this has led to impressive earnings growth. That said, we’ve seen current analyst estimates that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. Check this out to learn more about the company’s future earnings growth forecasts free analyst forecast report for the company to learn more.

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