Is The Market Wrong About Paycom Software?

With its stock down 3.5% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC). However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Paycom Software’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 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 Paycom Software is:

23% = US$250m ÷ US$1.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated $0.23 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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.

Paycom Software’s Earnings Growth And 23% ROE

First thing first, we like that Paycom Software has an impressive ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 12% the company’s ROE is quite impressive. This likely paved the way for the modest 12% net income growth seen by Paycom Software over the past five years. growth

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Paycom Software’s growth was lower than the industry growth of 24% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

NYSE:PAYC Past Earnings Growth January 19th 2023

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 whether the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. What is PAYC worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether PAYC is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Paycom Software Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Paycom Software doesn’t pay any dividends, meaning that all of its profits are being reinvested in the business, which explains the fair bit of earnings growth the company has seen.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Paycom Software’s performance. 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 a good amount of growth in its earnings. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company’s earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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