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Accenture PLC  (NYSE:ACN) ROE %: 33.20% (As of May. 2017)

Return on equity is calculated as Net Income divided by its Total Equity. Accenture PLC's annualized Net Income for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 was $2,678 Mil. Accenture PLC's Total Equity for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 was $8,066 Mil. Therefore, Accenture PLC's annualized return on equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 was 33.20%.

NYSE:ACN' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 46.85   Max: 73.49
Current: 46.85

46.85
73.49

During the past 13 years, Accenture PLC's highest Return on Equity (ROE) was 73.49%. The lowest was 46.85%. And the median was 62.81%.

NYSE:ACN's ROE % is ranked higher than
94% of the 1817 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 6.71 vs. NYSE:ACN: 46.85 )

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Accenture PLC Annual Data

Aug07 Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug16
ROE % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 63.64 72.08 55.02 51.47 60.08

Accenture PLC Quarterly Data

Aug12 Nov12 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17
ROE % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 51.50 58.26 53.67 43.62 33.20

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Calculation

Accenture PLC's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the fiscal year that ended in Aug. 2016 is calculated as

ROE=Net Income (A: Aug. 2016 )/( ( (A: Aug. 2015 )+ (A: Aug. 2016 ))/ 2 )
=4111.892/( (6133.725+7555.262)/ 2 )
=4111.892/6844.4935
=60.08 %

Accenture PLC's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in May. 2017 is calculated as

ROE=Net Income (Q: May. 2017 )/( (Total Equity (Q: Feb. 20 )+Total Equity (Q: May. 2017 ))/ 2 )
=2677.872/( (7964.245+8167.356)/ 2 )
=2677.872/8065.8005
=33.20 %

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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 (May. 2017) net income data. Return on Equity is displayed in the 15-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:

ROE %(Q: May. 2017 )
=Net Income/Total Equity
=2677.872/8065.8005
=(Net Income / Revenue )*(Revenue / Total Assets)*(Total Assets / Total Equity)
=(2677.872 / 37427.148)*(37427.148 / 20607.1825)*(20607.1825 / 8065.8005)
=Net Margin %*Asset Turnover*Leverage Ratio
=7.15 %*1.8162*2.5549
=ROA %*Leverage Ratio
=12.99 %*2.5549
=33.20 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (May. 2017) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (May. 2017) revenue data.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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

The net income used here is the net income to common shareholders.

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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