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    Should Prospective Shareholders Make The Leap?

    Should Prospective Shareholders Make The Leap?

    It is hard to get excited after looking at Workday’s (NASDAQ:WDAY) recent performance, when its stock has declined 16% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on Workday’s ROE.

    Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.

    See our latest analysis for Workday

    How To 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 Workday is:

    18% = US$1.5b ÷ US$8.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2024).

    The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every $1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn $0.18 in profit.

    What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don’t necessarily bear these characteristics.

    A Side By Side comparison of Workday’s Earnings Growth And 18% ROE

    At first glance, Workday seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 12%. This probably laid the ground for Workday’s significant 63% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

    Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Workday’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 13% in the same period, which is great to see.

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    Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 WDAY fairly valued? This infographic on the company’s intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

    Is Workday Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

    Given that Workday doesn’t pay any regular dividends to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

    Summary

    On the whole, we feel that Workday’s performance has been quite good. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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    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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