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Are Otani Kogyo Co.,Ltd.'s (TYO:5939) Mixed Financials Driving The Negative Sentiment?

With its stock down 13% over the past month, it is easy to disregard Otani KogyoLtd (TYO:5939). It seems that the market might have completely ignored the positive aspects of the company's fundamentals and decided to weigh-in more on the negative aspects. Stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. Specifically, we decided to study Otani KogyoLtd'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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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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 Otani KogyoLtd is:

7.0% = JP¥218m ÷ JP¥3.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. That means that for every ¥1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated ¥0.07 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 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.

Otani KogyoLtd's Earnings Growth And 7.0% ROE

When you first look at it, Otani KogyoLtd's ROE doesn't look that attractive. However, its ROE is similar to the industry average of 5.8%, so we won't completely dismiss the company. Still, Otani KogyoLtd has seen a flat net income growth over the past five years. Bear in mind, the company's ROE is not very high. Hence, this provides some context to the flat earnings growth seen by the company.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that the industry grew its earnings by2.7% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 Otani KogyoLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Otani KogyoLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Otani KogyoLtd doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business. However, this doesn't explain why the company hasn't seen any growth. So there could be some other explanations in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Conclusion

In total, we're a bit ambivalent about Otani KogyoLtd's performance. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on Otani KogyoLtd and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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About TSE:5939

Otani KogyoLtd

Engages in the manufacture and sale of overhead wire hardware for power distribution and communication lines, and public hearing and CATV in Japan.

Excellent balance sheet with proven track record.