Most readers would already be aware that Action Electronics' (TPE:3024) stock increased significantly by 34% over the past three months. However, we decided to pay close attention to its weak financials as we are doubtful that the current momentum will keep up, given the scenario. In this article, we decided to focus on Action Electronics' ROE.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Action Electronics is:
1.4% = NT$37m ÷ NT$2.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every NT$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn NT$0.01 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. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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.
Action Electronics' Earnings Growth And 1.4% ROE
It is quite clear that Action Electronics' ROE is rather low. Even when compared to the industry average of 13%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. Hence, the flat earnings seen by Action Electronics over the past five years could probably be the result of it having a lower ROE.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Action Electronics' reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 1.2% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Action Electronics fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Action Electronics Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 70% (meaning, the company retains only 30% of profits) for Action Electronics suggests that the company's earnings growth was miniscule as a result of paying out a majority of its earnings.
In addition, Action Electronics has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth.
In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning Action Electronics. The company has seen a lack of earnings growth as a result of retaining very little profits and whatever little it does retain, is being reinvested at a very low rate of return. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on Action Electronics and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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