Return on equity (ROE)


Indicator of profitability. Determined by dividing net income for the past 12 months by common stockholder equity (adjusted for stock splits). Result is shown as a percentage. Investors use ROE as a measure of how a company is using its money. ROE may be decomposed into return on assets (ROA) multiplied by financial leverage (total assets/total equity).

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In context of private equity, the state of a company when it has received one or more rounds of financing and is generating revenue from its product or service. Also known as middle... Read More

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