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BH Global Corporation Limited's (SGX:BQN) Stock Has Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Strong: Is The Market Wrong?

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It is hard to get excited after looking at BH Global's (SGX:BQN) recent performance, when its stock has declined 36% over the past three months. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. In this article, we decided to focus on BH Global's ROE.

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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE 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 BH Global is:

15% = S$7.1m ÷ S$47m (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every SGD1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of SGD0.15.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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 BH Global's Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

To begin with, BH Global seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 7.7%. However, we are curious as to how the high returns still resulted in flat growth for BH Global in the past five years. Therefore, there could be some other aspects that could potentially be preventing the company from growing. Such as, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.

As a next step, we compared BH Global's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 1.2% in the same period.

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SGX:BQN Past Earnings Growth December 11th 2020

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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 BH Global's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is BH Global Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

BH Global doesn't pay any dividend, which means that it is retaining all of its earnings. This makes us question why the company is retaining so much of its profits and still generating almost no growth? So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with BH Global's performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see a good amount of growth in its earnings. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into BH Global's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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