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# Is Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd.'s (HKG:1099) Recent Stock Performance Tethered To Its Strong Fundamentals?

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Sinopharm Group (HKG:1099) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 16% over the last 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. Specifically, we decided to study Sinopharm Group's ROE in this article.

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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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## How To 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 Sinopharm Group is:

13% = CN¥13b ÷ CN¥106b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each HK\$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made HK\$0.13 in profit.

## What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

## A Side By Side comparison of Sinopharm Group's Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To begin with, Sinopharm Group seems to have a respectable ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 8.3% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. Probably as a result of this, Sinopharm Group was able to see a decent growth of 9.5% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared Sinopharm Group's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 13% in the same period.

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## Is Sinopharm Group Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

With a three-year median payout ratio of 29% (implying that the company retains 71% of its profits), it seems that Sinopharm Group is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees respectable amount growth in its earnings and pays a dividend that's well covered.

Moreover, Sinopharm Group 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. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 26%. Regardless, Sinopharm Group's ROE is speculated to decline to 9.6% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.

## Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with Sinopharm Group's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. As a result, the decent growth in its earnings is not surprising. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. 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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#### Sinopharm Group

Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale and retail of pharmaceutical and medical devices and healthcare products in the People’s Republic of China.

Established dividend payer with adequate balance sheet.