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# Could The Market Be Wrong About Asia Metal Industries, Inc. (GTSM:6727) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

It is hard to get excited after looking at Asia Metal Industries' (GTSM:6727) recent performance, when its stock has declined 14% over the past month. 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. Specifically, we decided to study Asia Metal Industries' ROE in this article.

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 Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Asia Metal Industries is:

16% = NT\$78m ÷ NT\$479m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each NT\$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made NT\$0.16 in profit.

### Why Is ROE Important For 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. 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.

### Asia Metal Industries' Earnings Growth And 16% ROE

To begin with, Asia Metal Industries seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 9.9%. This probably laid the ground for Asia Metal Industries' significant 20% net income growth seen over the past five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

We then compared Asia Metal Industries' net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 1.2% in the same period.

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). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. If you're wondering about Asia Metal Industries''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

### Is Asia Metal Industries Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

The three-year median payout ratio for Asia Metal Industries is 39%, which is moderately low. The company is retaining the remaining 61%. So it seems that Asia Metal Industries is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees impressive growth in its earnings (discussed above) and pays a dividend that's well covered.

While Asia Metal Industries 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.

### Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Asia Metal Industries' 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 substantial growth in its earnings. That being so, the latest analyst forecasts show that the company will continue to see an expansion in its earnings. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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