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It is hard to get excited after looking at Addus HomeCare’s (NASDAQ:ADUS) recent performance, when its stock has declined 9.1% over the past month. However, the company’s fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Specifically, we decided to study Addus HomeCare’s ROE in this article.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.

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How Do You 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 Addus HomeCare is:

6.3% = US$33m ÷ US$530m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.06 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or “retains” for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

Addus HomeCare’s Earnings Growth And 6.3% ROE

At first glance, Addus HomeCare’s ROE doesn’t look very promising. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 16%, the company’s ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Despite this, surprisingly, Addus HomeCare saw an exceptional 26% net income growth over the past five years. So, there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then compared Addus HomeCare’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 13% in the same period.

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Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. If you’re wondering about Addus HomeCare’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Addus HomeCare Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Summary

Overall, we feel that Addus HomeCare certainly does have some positive factors to consider. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. 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. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company’s fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst’s forecasts page for the company.

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