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Is RedcapTour Co., Ltd.'s (KOSDAQ:038390) 10% ROE Strong Compared To Its Industry?

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While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. We'll use ROE to examine RedcapTour Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ:038390), by way of a worked example.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

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How To Calculate Return On Equity?

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 RedcapTour is:

10% = ₩17b ÷ ₩167b (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 ₩0.10.

Does RedcapTour Have A Good ROE?

Arguably the easiest way to assess company's ROE is to compare it with the average in its industry. Importantly, this is far from a perfect measure, because companies differ significantly within the same industry classification. The image below shows that RedcapTour has an ROE that is roughly in line with the Transportation industry average (8.8%).

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KOSDAQ:A038390 Return on Equity March 15th 2021

That's neither particularly good, nor bad. Although the ROE is similar to the industry, we should still perform further checks to see if the company's ROE is being boosted by high debt levels. If true, then it is more an indication of risk than the potential. Our risks dashboardshould have the 2 risks we have identified for RedcapTour.

How Does Debt Impact ROE?

Virtually all companies need money to invest in the business, to grow profits. That cash can come from issuing shares, retained earnings, or debt. In the case of the first and second options, the ROE will reflect this use of cash, for growth. In the latter case, the debt used for growth will improve returns, but won't affect the total equity. That will make the ROE look better than if no debt was used.

RedcapTour's Debt And Its 10% ROE

It's worth noting the high use of debt by RedcapTour, leading to its debt to equity ratio of 1.32. Its ROE is quite low, even with the use of significant debt; that's not a good result, in our opinion. Debt does bring extra risk, so it's only really worthwhile when a company generates some decent returns from it.

Summary

Return on equity is useful for comparing the quality of different businesses. Companies that can achieve high returns on equity without too much debt are generally of good quality. All else being equal, a higher ROE is better.

But ROE is just one piece of a bigger puzzle, since high quality businesses often trade on high multiples of earnings. Profit growth rates, versus the expectations reflected in the price of the stock, are a particularly important to consider. Check the past profit growth by RedcapTour by looking at this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: RedcapTour may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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