Key Performance Indicators Examples
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is a financial metric used to measure the profitability of a company in relation to the equity held by its shareholders. It is calculated by dividing the company’s net income by its total shareholders’ equity. The result is expressed as a percentage.
ROE is an indicator of how well a company is using the money invested by its shareholders to generate profits. A high ROE indicates that a company is generating a good return on the money invested by its shareholders, while a low ROE indicates that a company is not using the money invested by its shareholders as efficiently.
ROE can be used to compare the performance of different companies within the same industry, or to compare a company’s performance over time. It’s important to note that ROE can be affected by a company’s financial leverage (the amount of debt it uses to finance its operations) and by accounting methods used.
A high ROE can indicate that a company has a strong competitive advantage and is well managed, but a very high ROE may indicate that the company is taking on too much risk. A low ROE can indicate that a company is not well managed or that the industry is not favorable, but a very low ROE may indicate that the company is undervalued.
Here is an example of how to calculate Return on Equity (ROE):
Let’s say a company has a net income of $1,000,000 and total shareholders’ equity of $5,000,000.
To calculate the ROE, you would divide the net income ($1,000,000) by the total shareholders’ equity ($5,000,000)
ROE = $1,000,000 / $5,000,000 = 0.20 or 20%
This means that for every dollar of shareholders’ equity, the company is generating 20 cents of net income.
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