# Are Halwani Bros. Co. Ltd.'s (TADAWUL:6001) Fundamentals Good Enough to Warrant Buying Given The Stock's Recent Weakness?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 21, 2021

With its stock down 18% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Halwani Bros (TADAWUL:6001). However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Halwani Bros' ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

See our latest analysis for Halwani Bros

### 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 Halwani Bros is:

15% = ر.س85m ÷ ر.س552m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. So, this means that for every SAR1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of SAR0.15.

### 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. 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.

### Halwani Bros' Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

When you first look at it, Halwani Bros' ROE doesn't look that attractive. However, the fact that the company's ROE is higher than the average industry ROE of 9.9%, is definitely interesting. This probably goes some way in explaining Halwani Bros' moderate 5.8% growth over the past five years amongst other factors. Bear in mind, the company does have a moderately low ROE. It is just that the industry ROE is lower. Hence there might be some other aspects that are causing earnings to grow. For example, it is possible that the broader industry is going through a high growth phase, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Given that the industry shrunk its earnings at a rate of 3.9% 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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for 6001? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

### Is Halwani Bros Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The high three-year median payout ratio of 55% (or a retention ratio of 45%) for Halwani Bros suggests that the company's growth wasn't really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.

Additionally, Halwani Bros has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company is expected to drop to 43% over the next three years. However, the company's ROE is not expected to change by much despite the lower expected payout ratio.

### Conclusion

In total, it does look like Halwani Bros has some positive aspects to its business. Especially the substantial growth in earnings backed by a decent ROE. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. 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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