Is A-Living Smart City Services Co., Ltd.'s (HKG:3319) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 18, 2022
SEHK:3319
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A-Living Smart City Services (HKG:3319) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 35% over the last week. 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 A-Living Smart City Services' 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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

See our latest analysis for A-Living Smart City Services

How Do You 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 A-Living Smart City Services is:

20% = CN¥2.4b ÷ CN¥12b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. That means that for every HK$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated HK$0.20 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

A-Living Smart City Services' Earnings Growth And 20% ROE

At first glance, A-Living Smart City Services seems to have a decent ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 9.0% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. This certainly adds some context to A-Living Smart City Services' exceptional 48% net income growth seen over the past five years. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. 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 A-Living Smart City Services' 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 11%.

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SEHK:3319 Past Earnings Growth March 18th 2022

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is 3319 fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

Is A-Living Smart City Services Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

A-Living Smart City Services' ' three-year median payout ratio is on the lower side at 22% implying that it is retaining a higher percentage (78%) of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.

Additionally, A-Living Smart City Services has paid dividends over a period of three years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 32% over the next three years. Still, forecasts suggest that A-Living Smart City Services' future ROE will rise to 27% even though the the company's payout ratio is expected to rise. We presume that there could some other characteristics of the business that could be driving the anticipated growth in the company's ROE.

Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with A-Living Smart City Services' 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. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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