1Spatial Plc's (LON:SPA) Has Had A Decent Run On The Stock market: Are Fundamentals In The Driver's Seat?

1Spatial’s (LON:SPA) stock is up by 7.0% over the past three months. As most would know, long-term fundamentals have a strong correlation with market price movements, so we decided to look at the company’s key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. In this article, we decided to focus on 1Spatial’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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for 1Spatial is:

3.7% = UK£584k ÷ UK£16m (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2022).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. That means that for every £1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated £0.04 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. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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 1Spatial’s Earnings Growth And 3.7% ROE

When you first look at it, 1Spatial’s ROE doesn’t look that attractive. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 8.0%, the company’s ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. In spite of this, 1Spatial was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 63% in the last five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. Such as – high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that 1Spatial’s growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 25% in the same period, which is great to see.

past-earnings-growth

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. If you’re wondering about 1Spatial’s’s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is 1Spatial Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Given that 1Spatial doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

Summary

Overall, we feel that 1Spatial certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. Having said that, the company’s earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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