Yuan Jen Enterprises Co.,Ltd.'s (TPE:1725) Financial Prospects Don't Look Very Positive: Could It Mean A Stock Price Drop In The Future?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 03, 2021
TWSE:1725
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Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's (TPE:1725) stock is up by 7.0% over the past three months. However, in this article, we decided to focus on its weak financials, as long-term fundamentals ultimately dictate market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

Check out our latest analysis for Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd

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 Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd is:

5.2% = NT$165m ÷ NT$3.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each NT$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made NT$0.05 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With 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 everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.

Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's Earnings Growth And 5.2% ROE

When you first look at it, Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's ROE doesn't look that attractive. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 10%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. For this reason, Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's five year net income decline of 2.1% is not surprising given its lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. For example, it is possible that the business has allocated capital poorly or that the company has a very high payout ratio.

So, as a next step, we compared Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's performance against the industry and were disappointed to discover that while the company has been shrinking its earnings, the industry has been growing its earnings at a rate of 19% in the same period.

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TSEC:1725 Past Earnings Growth March 3rd 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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's declining earnings is not surprising given how the company is spending most of its profits in paying dividends, judging by its three-year median payout ratio of 71% (or a retention ratio of 29%). With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

Moreover, Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd has been paying dividends for at least ten years or more suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.

Summary

On the whole, Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's performance is quite a big let-down. As a result of its low ROE and lack of mich reinvestment into the business, the company has seen a disappointing earnings growth rate. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Yuan Jen EnterprisesLtd's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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