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# With A Return On Equity Of 6.7%, Has Da Ming International Holdings Limited's (HKG:1090) Management Done Well?

While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. We'll use ROE to examine Da Ming International Holdings Limited (HKG:1090), by way of a worked example.

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 simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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### How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Da Ming International Holdings is:

6.7% = CN¥206m ÷ CN¥3.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every HK\$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of HK\$0.07.

### Does Da Ming International Holdings Have A Good Return On Equity?

Arguably the easiest way to assess company's ROE is to compare it with the average in its industry. Importantly, this is far from a perfect measure, because companies differ significantly within the same industry classification. If you look at the image below, you can see Da Ming International Holdings has a similar ROE to the average in the Metals and Mining industry classification (6.3%).

That's neither particularly good, nor bad. Although the ROE is similar to the industry, we should still perform further checks to see if the company's ROE is being boosted by high debt levels. If true, then it is more an indication of risk than the potential. You can see the 2 risks we have identified for Da Ming International Holdings by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

### How Does Debt Impact ROE?

Virtually all companies need money to invest in the business, to grow profits. That cash can come from retained earnings, issuing new shares (equity), or debt. In the first and second cases, the ROE will reflect this use of cash for investment in the business. In the latter case, the use of debt will improve the returns, but will not change the equity. That will make the ROE look better than if no debt was used.

### Da Ming International Holdings' Debt And Its 6.7% ROE

It's worth noting the high use of debt by Da Ming International Holdings, leading to its debt to equity ratio of 1.95. The combination of a rather low ROE and significant use of debt is not particularly appealing. Investors should think carefully about how a company might perform if it was unable to borrow so easily, because credit markets do change over time.

### Conclusion

Return on equity is one way we can compare its business quality of different companies. In our books, the highest quality companies have high return on equity, despite low debt. If two companies have the same ROE, then I would generally prefer the one with less debt.

But when a business is high quality, the market often bids it up to a price that reflects this. It is important to consider other factors, such as future profit growth -- and how much investment is required going forward. Check the past profit growth by Da Ming International Holdings by looking at this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: Da Ming International Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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