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# Can Mixed Financials Have A Negative Impact on PlumbFast Co., Ltd.'s 's (KOSDAQ:035200) Current Price Momentum?

PlumbFast's (KOSDAQ:035200) stock is up by 5.0% over the past three months. However, the company's financials look a bit inconsistent and market outcomes are ultimately driven by long-term fundamentals, meaning that the stock could head in either direction. In this article, we decided to focus on PlumbFast's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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### How To Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for PlumbFast is:

3.9% = ₩1.4b ÷ ₩35b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each ₩1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made ₩0.04 in profit.

### 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 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.

### PlumbFast's Earnings Growth And 3.9% ROE

As you can see, PlumbFast's ROE looks pretty weak. A comparison with the industry shows that the company's ROE is pretty similar to the average industry ROE of 3.8%. Given the low ROE PlumbFast's five year net income decline of 17% is not surprising.

From the 18% decline reported by the industry in the same period, we infer that PlumbFast and its industry are both shrinking at a similar rate.

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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about PlumbFast's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

### Is PlumbFast Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

PlumbFast doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that potentially all of its profits are being reinvested in the business, which doesn't explain why the company's earnings have shrunk if it is retaining all of its profits. 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 PlumbFast's performance. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. To know the 3 risks we have identified for PlumbFast visit our risks dashboard for free.

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