# Xinyi Solar Holdings Limited's (HKG:968) Fundamentals Look Pretty Strong: Could The Market Be Wrong About The Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 06, 2021

Xinyi Solar Holdings (HKG:968) has had a rough three months with its share price down 29%. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Xinyi Solar Holdings' ROE in this article.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

See our latest analysis for Xinyi Solar Holdings

### How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE 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 Xinyi Solar Holdings is:

16% = HK\$5.0b ÷ HK\$32b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every HK\$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of HK\$0.16.

### What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.

### A Side By Side comparison of Xinyi Solar Holdings' Earnings Growth And 16% ROE

To start with, Xinyi Solar Holdings' ROE looks acceptable. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 7.6% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. Probably as a result of this, Xinyi Solar Holdings was able to see a decent growth of 15% over the last five years.

We then compared Xinyi Solar Holdings' net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 9.1% in the same period.

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. Is 968 fairly valued? This infographic on the company's intrinsic value has everything you need to know.

### Is Xinyi Solar Holdings Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Xinyi Solar Holdings has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 47% (or a retention ratio of 53%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.

Additionally, Xinyi Solar Holdings has paid dividends over a period of seven years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 49%. Regardless, the future ROE for Xinyi Solar Holdings is predicted to rise to 22% despite there being not much change expected in its payout ratio.

### Conclusion

In total, we are pretty happy with Xinyi Solar Holdings' performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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