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BORATR CO., Ltd. (KOSDAQ:250000) Stock Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Uncertain: What Lies Ahead ?

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BORATR (KOSDAQ:250000) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 29% over the last month. But the company's key financial indicators appear to be differing across the board and that makes us question whether or not the company's current share price momentum can be maintained. In this article, we decided to focus on BORATR'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. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

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

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

4.0% = ₩2.1b ÷ ₩54b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every ₩1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of ₩0.04.

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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don’t share these attributes.

A Side By Side comparison of BORATR's Earnings Growth And 4.0% ROE

As you can see, BORATR's ROE looks pretty weak. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 5.6%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 37% seen by BORATR was possibly a result of it having a lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.

Furthermore, even when compared to the industry, which has been shrinking its earnings at a rate 4.5% in the same period, we found that BORATR's performance is pretty disappointing, as it suggests that the company has been shrunk its earnings at a rate faster than the industry.

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KOSDAQ:A250000 Past Earnings Growth December 12th 2020

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 BORATR fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is BORATR Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

In spite of a normal three-year median payout ratio of 30% (that is, a retention ratio of 70%), the fact that BORATR's earnings have shrunk is quite puzzling. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

In addition, BORATR only recently started paying a dividend so the management probably decided the shareholders prefer dividends even though earnings have been shrinking.

Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about BORATR. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the 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. You can see the 7 risks we have identified for BORATR by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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