Declining Stock and Solid Fundamentals: Is The Market Wrong About Infoline Tec Group Berhad (KLSE:INFOTEC)?
Infoline Tec Group Berhad (KLSE:INFOTEC) has had a rough month with its share price down 17%. 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. In this article, we decided to focus on Infoline Tec Group 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 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?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Infoline Tec Group Berhad is:
24% = RM12m ÷ RM50m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. That means that for every MYR1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated MYR0.24 in profit.
What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.
A Side By Side comparison of Infoline Tec Group Berhad's Earnings Growth And 24% ROE
To begin with, Infoline Tec Group Berhad has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 12% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. So, the substantial 23% net income growth seen by Infoline Tec Group Berhad over the past five years isn't overly surprising.
Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 0.4% in the same period, the net income growth of the company is quite impressive.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Infoline Tec Group Berhad's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Infoline Tec Group Berhad Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
Infoline Tec Group Berhad's three-year median payout ratio to shareholders is 20%, which is quite low. This implies that the company is retaining 80% of its profits. This suggests that the management is reinvesting most of the profits to grow the business as evidenced by the growth seen by the company.
In total, we are pretty happy with Infoline Tec Group 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. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Let's not forget, business risk is also one of the factors that affects the price of the stock. So this is also an important area that investors need to pay attention to before making a decision on any business. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Infoline Tec Group Berhad by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.
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Infoline Tec Group Berhad
Infoline Tec Group Berhad, an investment holding company, provides information technology (IT) infrastructure and cybersecurity solutions, and managed IT and other IT services worldwide.
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