China Resources Cement Holdings’ (HKG:1313) stock is up by a considerable 20% over the past three months. Since the market usually pay for a company’s long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company’s key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. Particularly, we will be paying attention to China Resources Cement Holdings’ ROE today.
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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company’s shareholders.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders’ Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for China Resources Cement Holdings is:
21% = HK$9.1b ÷ HK$43b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every HK$1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of HK$0.21.
What Has ROE Got To Do With 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don’t necessarily bear these characteristics.
China Resources Cement Holdings’ Earnings Growth And 21% ROE
To start with, China Resources Cement Holdings’ ROE looks acceptable. Especially when compared to the industry average of 15% the company’s ROE looks pretty impressive. This certainly adds some context to China Resources Cement Holdings’ exceptional 40% net income growth seen over the past five years. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company’s earnings growth. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
As a next step, we compared China Resources Cement Holdings’ net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 40% in the same period.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for 1313? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.
Is China Resources Cement Holdings Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
China Resources Cement Holdings’ three-year median payout ratio is a pretty moderate 47%, meaning the company retains 53% of its income. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and China Resources Cement Holdings is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.
Besides, China Resources Cement Holdings has been paying dividends over a period of nine years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders. Based on the latest analysts’ estimates, we found that the company’s future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 49%. Therefore, the company’s future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 18%.
On the whole, we feel that China Resources Cement Holdings’ performance has been quite good. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. Having said that, on studying current analyst estimates, we were concerned to see that while the company has grown its earnings in the past, analysts expect its earnings to shrink in the future. To know more about the company’s future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.
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