Is Ebix, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:EBIX) Stock Price Struggling As A Result Of Its Mixed Financials? - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Is Ebix, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:EBIX) Stock Price Struggling As A Result Of Its Mixed Financials?

Ebix (NASDAQ:EBIX) has had a rough three months with its share price down 26%. It is possible that the markets have ignored the company’s differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Long-term fundamentals are usually what drive market outcomes, so it’s worth paying close attention. Specifically, we decided to study Ebix’s ROE in this article.

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.

See our latest analysis for Ebix

How Do You 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 Ebix is:

9.1% = US$64m ÷ US$705m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

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 $0.09 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. 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.

Ebix’s Earnings Growth And 9.1% ROE

On the face of it, Ebix’s ROE is not much to talk about. We then compared the company’s ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 12%. Given the circumstances, the significant decline in net income by 6.5% seen by Ebix over the last five years is not surprising. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.

However, when we compared Ebix’s growth with the industry we found that while the company’s earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 26% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.

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NasdaqGS:EBIX Past Earnings Growth June 10th 2022

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. Is Ebix fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Ebix Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Ebix’s low three-year median payout ratio of 10% (or a retention ratio of 90%) over the last three years should mean that the company is retaining most of its earnings to fuel its growth but the company’s earnings have actually shrunk. This typically shouldn’t be the case when a company is retaining most of its earnings. It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

Additionally, Ebix has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years, which means that the company’s management is determined to pay dividends even if it means little to no earnings growth.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Ebix can be open to many interpretations. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. Having said that, looking at current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings growth rate is expected to see a huge improvement. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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