Is Weakness In UWC Berhad (KLSE:UWC) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 22, 2022
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With its stock down 31% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard UWC Berhad (KLSE:UWC). However, a closer look at its sound financials might cause you to think again. Given that fundamentals usually drive long-term market outcomes, the company is worth looking at. Specifically, we decided to study UWC Berhad's ROE in this article.

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 UWC 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 UWC Berhad is:

27% = RM91m ÷ RM336m (Based on the trailing twelve months to January 2022).

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 MYR0.27 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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. Assuming all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

A Side By Side comparison of UWC Berhad's Earnings Growth And 27% ROE

Firstly, we acknowledge that UWC Berhad has a significantly high ROE. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 11% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Under the circumstances, UWC Berhad's considerable five year net income growth of 33% was to be expected.

As a next step, we compared UWC Berhad's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 4.2%.

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KLSE:UWC Past Earnings Growth March 22nd 2022

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is UWC Berhad fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is UWC Berhad Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

UWC Berhad has a really low three-year median payout ratio of 20%, meaning that it has the remaining 80% left over to reinvest into its business. So it seems like the management is reinvesting profits heavily to grow its business and this reflects in its earnings growth number.

While UWC Berhad has seen growth in its earnings, it only recently started to pay a dividend. It is most likely that the company decided to impress new and existing shareholders with a dividend. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 20%. Accordingly, forecasts suggest that UWC Berhad's future ROE will be 30% which is again, similar to the current ROE.

Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with UWC Berhad's performance. In particular, it's great to see that the company is investing heavily into its business and along with a high rate of return, that has resulted in a sizeable growth in its earnings. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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