It is hard to get excited after looking at Wing Fung Group Asia's (HKG:8526) recent performance, when its stock has declined 4.8% over the past month. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Specifically, we decided to study Wing Fung Group Asia'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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.
How Is ROE Calculated?
Return on equity 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 Wing Fung Group Asia is:
15% = HK$15m ÷ HK$104m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every HK$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of HK$0.15.
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. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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.
Wing Fung Group Asia's Earnings Growth And 15% ROE
To start with, Wing Fung Group Asia's ROE looks acceptable. Especially when compared to the industry average of 10% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. This certainly adds some context to Wing Fung Group Asia's decent 10% net income growth seen over the past five years.
As a next step, we compared Wing Fung Group Asia's 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 0.2%.
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. 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 Wing Fung Group Asia is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.
Is Wing Fung Group Asia Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Overall, we are quite pleased with Wing Fung Group Asia's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Not to forget, share price outcomes are also dependent on the potential risks a company may face. So it is important for investors to be aware of the risks involved in the business. Our risks dashboard would have the 3 risks we have identified for Wing Fung Group Asia.
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