Most readers would already know that G-SHANK Enterprise’s (TPE:2476) stock increased by 9.7% over the past three months. Given that the markets usually pay for the long-term financial health of a company, we wonder if the current momentum in the share price will keep up, given that the company’s financials don’t look very promising. Specifically, we decided to study G-SHANK Enterprise’s ROE in this article.
Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for G-SHANK Enterprise is:
5.7% = NT$293m ÷ NT$5.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. That means that for every NT$1 worth of shareholders’ equity, the company generated NT$0.06 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?
So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don’t have the same features.
G-SHANK Enterprise’s Earnings Growth And 5.7% ROE
When you first look at it, G-SHANK Enterprise’s ROE doesn’t look that attractive. A quick further study shows that the company’s ROE doesn’t compare favorably to the industry average of 9.8% either. For this reason, G-SHANK Enterprise’s five year net income decline of 9.9% is not surprising given its lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. For example, it is possible that the business has allocated capital poorly or that the company has a very high payout ratio.
So, as a next step, we compared G-SHANK Enterprise’s performance against the industry and were disappointed to discover that while the company has been shrinking its earnings, the industry has been growing its earnings at a rate of 1.2% in the same period.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has 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. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if G-SHANK Enterprise is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is G-SHANK Enterprise Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
G-SHANK Enterprise has a high three-year median payout ratio of 80% (that is, it is retaining 20% of its profits). This suggests that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This goes some way in explaining why its earnings have been shrinking. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent. To know the 3 risks we have identified for G-SHANK Enterprise visit our risks dashboard for free.
In addition, G-SHANK Enterprise has been paying dividends over a period of seven years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is preferred by the management even though earnings have been in decline.
On the whole, G-SHANK Enterprise’s performance is quite a big let-down. Because the company is not reinvesting much into the business, and given the low ROE, it’s not surprising to see the lack or absence of growth in its earnings. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company’s past performance by looking at the company’s fundamentals. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of G-SHANK Enterprise’s past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company’s performance.
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