# Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In Kunlun Energy Company Limited's HKG:135) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 14, 2020

Kunlun Energy's (HKG:135) stock is up by a considerable 19% over the past month. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on Kunlun Energy's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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### How Is ROE Calculated?

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 Kunlun Energy is:

11% = CN¥8.5b ÷ CN¥79b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 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\$0.11.

### What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.

### A Side By Side comparison of Kunlun Energy's Earnings Growth And 11% ROE

At first glance, Kunlun Energy seems to have a decent ROE. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 11%. This probably goes some way in explaining Kunlun Energy's significant 26% net income growth over the past five years amongst other factors. We believe that there might also be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then compared Kunlun Energy's 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 16% in the same period.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 Kunlun Energy fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Kunlun Energy Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Kunlun Energy's three-year median payout ratio is a pretty moderate 39%, meaning the company retains 61% of its income. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and Kunlun Energy is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.

Moreover, Kunlun Energy is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 36%. As a result, Kunlun Energy's ROE is not expected to change by much either, which we inferred from the analyst estimate of 13% for future ROE.

### Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that Kunlun Energy's performance has been quite good. 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. Having said that, the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down, as forecasted in the current analyst estimates. 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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