Karrie International Holdings (HKG:1050) has had a rough week with its share price down 6.2%. 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 Karrie International Holdings’ ROE.
Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.
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 Karrie International Holdings is:
21% = HK$250m ÷ HK$1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2020).
The ‘return’ is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every HK$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn HK$0.21 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For 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. 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.
Karrie International Holdings’ Earnings Growth And 21% ROE
At first glance, Karrie International Holdings seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company’s ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 8.1%. This certainly adds some context to Karrie International Holdings’ exceptional 20% net income growth seen over the past five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this 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 Karrie International Holdings’ net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 3.7%.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. 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 Karrie International Holdings is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Karrie International Holdings Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Karrie International Holdings has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 72%, meaning the company only retains 28% of its income. This implies that the company has been able to achieve high earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.
Moreover, Karrie International Holdings is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.
In total, we are pretty happy with Karrie International Holdings’ performance. Especially the high ROE, Which has contributed to the impressive growth seen in earnings. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. Up till now, we’ve only made a short study of the company’s growth data. To gain further insights into Karrie International Holdings’ past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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