Hubline Berhad (KLSE:HUBLINE) Stock Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Uncertain: What Lies Ahead ?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 16, 2021
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Most readers would already be aware that Hubline Berhad's (KLSE:HUBLINE) stock increased significantly by 13% over the past week. However, we wonder if the company's inconsistent financials would have any adverse impact on the current share price momentum. In this article, we decided to focus on Hubline 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.

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How Do You 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 Hubline Berhad is:

10% = RM17m ÷ RM161m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each MYR1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made MYR0.10 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 Hubline Berhad's Earnings Growth And 10% ROE

When you first look at it, Hubline Berhad's ROE doesn't look that attractive. However, given that the company's ROE is similar to the average industry ROE of 8.6%, we may spare it some thought. Having said that, Hubline Berhad's five year net income decline rate was 82%. Remember, the company's ROE is a bit low to begin with. So that's what might be causing earnings growth to shrink.

As a next step, we compared Hubline Berhad's performance with the industry and found thatHubline Berhad's performance is depressing even when compared with the industry, which has shrunk its earnings at a rate of 31% in the same period, which is a slower than the company.

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KLSE:HUBLINE Past Earnings Growth November 17th 2021

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about Hubline Berhad's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is Hubline Berhad Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Hubline 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 could be some other explanations in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Hubline Berhad. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the earnings growth. 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. Our risks dashboard would have the 4 risks we have identified for Hubline Berhad.

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