Is Chinasoft International Limited's(HKG:354) Recent Stock Performance Tethered To Its Strong Fundamentals?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 11, 2021
SEHK:354
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Most readers would already be aware that Chinasoft International's (HKG:354) stock increased significantly by 95% over the past three months. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study Chinasoft International's 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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

View our latest analysis for Chinasoft International

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Chinasoft International is:

11% = CN¥948m ÷ CN¥8.8b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every HK$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated HK$0.11 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.

Chinasoft International's Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

To start with, Chinasoft International's ROE looks acceptable. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 11%. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the decent growth of 19% seen over the past five years by Chinasoft International.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Chinasoft International's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 13% in the same period, which is great to see.

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SEHK:354 Past Earnings Growth August 11th 2021

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Chinasoft International's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Chinasoft International Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Chinasoft International has a low three-year median payout ratio of 6.3%, meaning that the company retains the remaining 94% of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business.

Additionally, Chinasoft International has paid dividends over a period of four 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 5.4%. Still, forecasts suggest that Chinasoft International's future ROE will rise to 16% even though the the company's payout ratio is not expected to change by much.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Chinasoft International's performance. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. 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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