It is hard to get excited after looking at Paycom Software’s (NYSE:PAYC) recent performance, when its stock has declined 12% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. 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. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE can be calculated by using the formula:

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 yearly profit. So, this means that for every $1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of $0.23.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company’s future earnings. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or “retains” for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

A Side By Side comparison of Paycom Software’s Earnings Growth And 23% ROE

To begin with, Paycom Software has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 13% also doesn’t go unnotified by us. This is 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 reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 26% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.



Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has been priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. 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 Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Given that Paycom Software doesn’t pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.


In total, we are pretty happy with Paycom Software’s performance. In particular, it is great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has in a respectable growth in its earnings. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. 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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