Arista Networks’ (NYSE:ANET) stock is up by 8.1% over the past three months. Since the market usually pays for a company’s long-term financial health, we decided to study the company’s fundamentals to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on Arista Networks’ ROE.
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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.
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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 formula above, the ROE for Arista Networks is:
28% = US$1.5b ÷ US$5.3b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2023).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made $0.28 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.
Arista Networks’ Earnings Growth And 28% ROE
First things first, we like that Arista Networks has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 10%, the company’s ROE is quite impressive. So, the substantial 24% net income growth seen by Arista Networks over the past five years isn’t too surprising.
We then compared Arista Networks’ net income growth with the industry and found that the company’s growth figure is lower than the industry average growth rate of 32% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.
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. Is Arista Networks fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Arista Networks Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Arista Networks doesn’t pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.
Overall, we feel that Arista Networks’ performance has been quite good. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. As a result, the decent growth in its earnings is not surprising. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. To know more about the latest analyst predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.
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