Dollar General's (NYSE:DG) stock is up by 2.2% over the past month. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. Specifically, we decided to study Dollar General's ROE in this article.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors' money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
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How To Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Dollar General is:
37% = US$2.3b ÷ US$6.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2022).
The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.37 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Dollar General's Earnings Growth And 37% ROE
First thing first, we like that Dollar General has an impressive ROE. Even when compared to the industry average of 34% the company's ROE is pretty decent. The high ROE therefore is what most likely laid the ground for the decent growth of 13% seen over the past five years by Dollar General.
We then performed a comparison between Dollar General's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 11% in the same period.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. What is DG worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DG is currently mispriced by the market.
Is Dollar General Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
In Dollar General's case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 16% (or a retention ratio of 84%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.
Moreover, Dollar General is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of eight years of paying a dividend. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company is expected to keep paying out approximately 18% of its profits over the next three years. However, Dollar General's ROE is predicted to rise to 48% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.
Overall, we are quite pleased with Dollar General'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. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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