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Have Financials A Role To Play?

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Feb 23, 2024 #Financials, #Play, #Role

Columbia Sportswear’s (NASDAQ:COLM) stock is up by 8.8% over the past three months. As most would know, long-term fundamentals have a strong correlation with market price movements, so we decided to look at the company’s key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Columbia Sportswear’s ROE today.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. 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 Columbia Sportswear

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Columbia Sportswear is:

13% = US$251m ÷ US$1.9b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

The ‘return’ is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made $0.13 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

Columbia Sportswear’s Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

At first glance, Columbia Sportswear seems to have a decent ROE. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 14%. Despite the moderate return on equity, Columbia Sportswear has posted a net income growth of 2.9% over the past five years. So, there could be some other factors at play that could be impacting the company’s growth. For instance, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Columbia Sportswear’s reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 13% over the last few years, which is not something we like to see.

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The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for COLM? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is Columbia Sportswear Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

A low three-year median payout ratio of 22% (implying that the company retains the remaining 78% of its income) suggests that Columbia Sportswear is retaining most of its profits. However, the low earnings growth number doesn’t reflect this as high growth usually follows high profit retention. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

In addition, Columbia Sportswear has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Based on the latest analysts’ estimates, we found that the company’s future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 24%. As a result, Columbia Sportswear’s ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 13% for future ROE.

Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Columbia Sportswear has some positive attributes. Although, we are disappointed to see a lack of growth in earnings even in spite of a high ROE and and a high reinvestment rate. We believe that there might be some outside factors that could be having a negative impact on the business. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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