Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 24% over the last month. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators 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. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
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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 Arista Networks is:
29% = US$1.9b ÷ US$6.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated $0.29 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Arista Networks’ Earnings Growth And 29% ROE
To begin with, Arista Networks has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 9.2% also doesn’t go unnoticed by us. As a result, Arista Networks’ exceptional 27% net income growth seen over the past five years, doesn’t come as a surprise.
We then performed a comparison between Arista Networks’ net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company’s growth is similar to the average industry growth of 32% in the same 5-year period.
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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is ANET fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.
Is Arista Networks Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
Given that Arista Networks doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.
On the whole, 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. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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.
What are the risks and opportunities for Arista Networks?
Earnings are forecast to grow 9.83% per year
Earnings grew by 63.2% over the past year
High level of non-cash earnings
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