Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Garware Hi-Tech Films Limited (NSE:GRWRHITECH)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
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Garware Hi-Tech Films (NSE:GRWRHITECH) has had a rough three months with its share price down 22%. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financials over the long term, which in this case look pretty respectable. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Garware Hi-Tech Films' ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for Garware Hi-Tech Films

How Do You 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 Garware Hi-Tech Films is:

9.4% = ₹1.5b ÷ ₹16b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every ₹1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ₹0.09 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

Garware Hi-Tech Films' Earnings Growth And 9.4% ROE

When you first look at it, Garware Hi-Tech Films' ROE doesn't look that attractive. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 16% either. However, we we're pleasantly surprised to see that Garware Hi-Tech Films grew its net income at a significant rate of 30% in the last five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then compared Garware Hi-Tech Films' 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 21% in the same period.

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NSEI:GRWRHITECH Past Earnings Growth May 13th 2022

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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 Garware Hi-Tech Films fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Garware Hi-Tech Films Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Garware Hi-Tech Films has a three-year median payout ratio of 27% (where it is retaining 73% of its income) which is not too low or not too high. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and Garware Hi-Tech Films is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.

Additionally, Garware Hi-Tech Films has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that Garware Hi-Tech Films has some positive attributes. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Garware Hi-Tech Films visit our risks dashboard for free.

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