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MicroFinancial Inc (NAS:MFI)
Return on Equity
12.56% (As of Sep. 2014)

Return on equity is calculated as net income divided by its average shareholder equity. MicroFinancial Inc's annualized net income for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was \$11.55 Mil. MicroFinancial Inc's average shareholder equity for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was \$91.97 Mil. Therefore, MicroFinancial Inc's annualized return on equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 12.56%.

MFI' s 10-Year Return on Equity Range
Min: -22.42   Max: 23.86
Current: 11.07

-22.42
23.86

During the past 13 years, MicroFinancial Inc's highest Return on Equity (ROE) was 23.86%. The lowest was -22.42%. And the median was 9.51%.

MFI's Return on Equityis ranked higher than
76% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.08 vs. MFI: 11.07 )

Definition

MicroFinancial Inc's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

 ROE = Net Income (A: Dec. 2013 ) / ( (Total Equity (A: Dec. 2012 ) + Total Equity (A: Dec. 2013 )) / 2 ) = 9.763 / ( (82.392 + 88.48) / 2 ) = 9.763 / 85.436 = 11.43 %

MicroFinancial Inc's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as

 ROE = Net Income (Q: Sep. 2014 ) / ( (Total Equity (Q: Jun. 2014 ) + Total Equity (Q: Sep. 2014 )) / 2 ) = 11.548 / ( (90.944 + 93.004) / 2 ) = 11.548 / 91.974 = 12.56 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

In the calculation of annual return on equity, the net income of the last fiscal year and the average total shareholder equity over the fiscal year are used. In calculating the quarterly data, the Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Sep. 2014) net income data. Return on Equity is displayed in the 10-year financial page.

Explanation

Return on Equity (ROE) measures the rate of return on the ownership interest (shareholder's equity) of the common stock owners. It measures a firm's efficiency at generating profits from every unit of shareholders' equity (also known as net assets or assets minus liabilities). ROE shows how well a company uses investment funds to generate earnings growth. ROEs between 15% and 20% are considered desirable.

The factors that affect a companys Return on Equity (ROE) can be illustrated with the Du Pont Formula:

 Return on Equity (ROE) (Q: Sep. 2014 ) = Net Income / Average Shareholder Equity = 11.548 / 91.974 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Average Total Assets) * (Average Total Assets / Average Equity) = (11.548 / 64.94) * (64.94 / 180.8835) * (180.8835 / 91.974) = Net Profit Margin * Asset Turnover * Leverage Ratio = 17.78 % * 0.359 * 1.9667 = Return on Assets * Leverage Ratio = 6.38 % * 1.9667 = 12.56 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Sep. 2014) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Sep. 2014) revenue data.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

With this breakdown, it is clear that if a company grows its Net Profit Margin, its Asset Turnover, or its Leverage, it can grow its return on equity.

Be Aware

Because a company can increase its return on equity by having more financial leverage, it is important to watch the leverage ratio when investing in high ROE companies. Like ROA, ROE is calculated with only 12 months data. Fluctuations in companys earnings or business cycles can affect the ratio drastically. It is important to look at the ratio from a long term perspective.

Asset light businesses require very few assets to generate very high earnings. Their ROEs can be extremely high.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

MicroFinancial Inc Annual Data

 Dec04 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 ROE -15.32 -2.84 7.07 10.60 9.51 6.30 7.77 12.38 11.83 11.43

MicroFinancial Inc Quarterly Data

 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 ROE 13.54 11.57 11.74 10.90 11.68 12.01 11.18 9.50 11.04 12.56
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