Most readers would already know that WNS (Holdings)'s (NYSE:WNS) stock increased by 7.3% over the past three months. 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 WNS (Holdings)'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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for WNS (Holdings) is:
17% = US$117m ÷ US$673m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).
The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.17 in profit.
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 "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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.
WNS (Holdings)'s Earnings Growth And 17% ROE
To begin with, WNS (Holdings) seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 17%. This certainly adds some context to WNS (Holdings)'s moderate 17% net income growth seen over the past five years.
Next, on comparing WNS (Holdings)'s net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 15% in the same period.
The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. What is WNS worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether WNS is currently mispriced by the market.
Is WNS (Holdings) Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
WNS (Holdings) 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 decent earnings growth number that we discussed above.
Overall, we are quite pleased with WNS (Holdings)'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 company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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