# Grupo Mateus S.A.'s (BVMF:GMAT3) Stock Is Going Strong: Is the Market Following Fundamentals?

Simply Wall St · 08/31 11:34

Grupo Mateus' (BVMF:GMAT3) stock is up by a considerable 16% over the past month. 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 Grupo Mateus' 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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

View our latest analysis for Grupo Mateus

## 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 Grupo Mateus is:

14% = R\$1.3b ÷ R\$9.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2024).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every R\$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn R\$0.14 in profit.

## Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. 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.

## Grupo Mateus' Earnings Growth And 14% ROE

At first glance, Grupo Mateus' ROE doesn't look very promising. Although a closer study shows that the company's ROE is higher than the industry average of 7.8% which we definitely can't overlook. Particularly, the substantial 24% net income growth seen by Grupo Mateus over the past five years is impressive . Bear in mind, the company does have a moderately low ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is lower. So, there might well be other reasons for the earnings to grow. Such as- high earnings retention or the company belonging to a high growth industry.

We then compared Grupo Mateus' net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 6.8% in the same 5-year period.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is GMAT3 fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

## Is Grupo Mateus Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Grupo Mateus' ' three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 7.9% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (92%) of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.

Looking at the current analyst consensus data, we can see that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 19% over the next three years. Despite the higher expected payout ratio, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much.

## Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Grupo Mateus' performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business at a moderate rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.