China Pioneer Pharma Holdings Limited (HKG:1345) Stock Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Uncertain: What Lies Ahead ?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 16, 2022
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China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' (HKG:1345) stock is up by a considerable 82% over the past three months. However, we decided to pay attention to the company's fundamentals which don't appear to give a clear sign about the company's financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

View our latest analysis for China Pioneer Pharma Holdings

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 China Pioneer Pharma Holdings is:

9.7% = CN¥89m ÷ CN¥917m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each HK$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made HK$0.10 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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. 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.

China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' Earnings Growth And 9.7% ROE

To start with, China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' ROE looks acceptable. Even when compared to the industry average of 8.4% the company's ROE looks quite decent. As you might expect, the 29% net income decline reported by China Pioneer Pharma Holdings is a bit of a surprise. So, there might be some other aspects that could explain this. These include low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

So, as a next step, we compared China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' 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 7.8% in the same period.

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SEHK:1345 Past Earnings Growth February 16th 2022

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about China Pioneer Pharma Holdings''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is China Pioneer Pharma Holdings Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' high three-year median payout ratio of 145% suggests that the company is depleting its resources to keep up its dividend payments, and this shows in its shrinking earnings. Paying a dividend higher than reported profits is not a sustainable move. To know the 4 risks we have identified for China Pioneer Pharma Holdings visit our risks dashboard for free.

Additionally, China Pioneer Pharma Holdings has paid dividends over a period of eight years, which means that the company's management is rather focused on keeping up its dividend payments, regardless of the shrinking earnings.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by China Pioneer Pharma Holdings can be open to many interpretations. In spite of the high ROE, the company has failed to see growth in its earnings due to it paying out most of its profits as dividend, with almost nothing left to invest into its own business. 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 China Pioneer Pharma Holdings' past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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