Is Fibon Berhad's (KLSE:FIBON) Stock Price Struggling As A Result Of Its Mixed Financials?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 19, 2021
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Fibon Berhad (KLSE:FIBON) has had a rough week with its share price down 10%. It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Fibon Berhad's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

Check out our latest analysis for Fibon Berhad

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 Fibon Berhad is:

3.4% = RM1.7m ÷ RM52m (Based on the trailing twelve months to May 2021).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every MYR1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn MYR0.03 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For 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. 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 Fibon Berhad's Earnings Growth And 3.4% ROE

It is hard to argue that Fibon Berhad's ROE is much good in and of itself. Not just that, even compared to the industry average of 7.8%, the company's ROE is entirely unremarkable. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 23% seen by Fibon Berhad was possibly a result of it having a lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. For example, the business has allocated capital poorly, or that the company has a very high payout ratio.

Next, when we compared with the industry, which has shrunk its earnings at a rate of 6.7% in the same period, we still found Fibon Berhad's performance to be quite bleak, because the company has been shrinking its earnings faster than the industry.

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KLSE:FIBON Past Earnings Growth August 20th 2021

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Fibon Berhad fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Fibon Berhad Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Looking at its three-year median payout ratio of 29% (or a retention ratio of 71%) which is pretty normal, Fibon Berhad's declining earnings is rather baffling as one would expect to see a fair bit of growth when a company is retaining a good portion of its profits. So there could be some other explanations in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Moreover, Fibon Berhad has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.

Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Fibon Berhad. Even though it appears to be retaining most of its profits, given the low ROE, investors may not be benefitting from all that reinvestment after all. The low earnings growth suggests our theory correct. 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 4 risks we have identified for Fibon Berhad visit our risks dashboard for free.

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