Weyerhaeuser Company's (NYSE:WY) Stock Been Rising: Are Strong Financials Guiding The Market?

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Weyerhaeuser’s (NYSE:WY) stock up by 4.5% 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Weyerhaeuser’s ROE.

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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

See our latest analysis for Weyerhaeuser

How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Weyerhaeuser is:

21% = US$2.3b ÷ US$11b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 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 $0.21 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. 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. 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.

Weyerhaeuser’s Earnings Growth And 21% ROE

To begin with, Weyerhaeuser seems to have a respectable ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 6.8% the company’s ROE looks pretty impressive. This certainly adds some context to Weyerhaeuser’s exceptional 42% net income growth seen over the past five years. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Weyerhaeuser’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 12% in the same period, which is great to see.

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Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Weyerhaeuser fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Weyerhaeuser Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Weyerhaeuser has a really low three-year median payout ratio of 17%, meaning that it has the remaining 83% left over to reinvest into its business. So it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business and this reflects in its earnings growth number.

Moreover, Weyerhaeuser is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Upon studying the latest analysts’ consensus data, we found that the company’s future payout ratio is expected to rise to 84% over the next three years. Accordingly, the expected increase in the payout ratio explains the expected decline in the company’s ROE to 8.2%, over the same period.

Summary

On the whole, we feel that Weyerhaeuser’s 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, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink in the future. 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.

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