PotlatchDeltic Corporation's (NASDAQ:PCH) Stock Has Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Strong: Is The Market Wrong?

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With its stock down 14% over the past month, it is easy to disregard PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ:PCH). However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Specifically, we decided to study PotlatchDeltic’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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

Check out our latest analysis for PotlatchDeltic

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 PotlatchDeltic is:

21% = US$389m ÷ US$1.8b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

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 $0.21 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. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

PotlatchDeltic’s Earnings Growth And 21% ROE

To start with, PotlatchDeltic’s ROE looks acceptable. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 6.6% the company’s ROE looks pretty remarkable. This probably laid the ground for PotlatchDeltic’s significant 42% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that PotlatchDeltic’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 11% in the same period, which is great to see.

past-earnings-growth

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you’re wondering about PotlatchDeltic’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is PotlatchDeltic Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

PotlatchDeltic has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 67%. This means that it has only 33% of its income left to reinvest into its business. However, it’s not unusual to see a REIT with such a high payout ratio mainly due to statutory requirements. Despite this, the company’s earnings have grown significantly as we saw above.

Besides, PotlatchDeltic has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with PotlatchDeltic’s performance. We are particularly impressed by the considerable earnings growth posted by the company, which was likely backed by its high ROE. While the company is paying out most of its earnings as dividends, it has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that’s probably a good sign. With that said, on studying the latest analyst forecasts, we found that while the company has seen growth in its past earnings, analysts expect its future earnings to shrink. 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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