Hextar Industries Berhad's (KLSE:HEXIND) Stock Is Rallying But Financials Look Ambiguous: Will The Momentum Continue?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 16, 2022
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Hextar Industries Berhad (KLSE:HEXIND) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 13% over the last three months. 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 Hextar Industries Berhad'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 other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

View our latest analysis for Hextar Industries Berhad

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 Hextar Industries Berhad is:

2.4% = RM4.9m ÷ RM203m (Based on the trailing twelve months to February 2022).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every MYR1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn MYR0.02 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or "retains", and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.

Hextar Industries Berhad's Earnings Growth And 2.4% ROE

It is hard to argue that Hextar Industries Berhad's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 5.7%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. Hence, the flat earnings seen by Hextar Industries Berhad over the past five years could probably be the result of it having a lower ROE.

As a next step, we compared Hextar Industries Berhad's net income growth with the industry and discovered that the industry saw an average growth of 3.1% in the same period.

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KLSE:HEXIND Past Earnings Growth May 16th 2022

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Hextar Industries Berhad is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Hextar Industries Berhad Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Hextar Industries Berhad doesn't pay any dividend, meaning that the company is keeping all of its profits, which makes us wonder why it is retaining its earnings if it can't use them to grow its business. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Hextar Industries Berhad can be open to many interpretations. 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. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Hextar Industries Berhad's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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