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# Do Fundamentals Have Any Role To Play In Driving Soft-World International Corporation's (GTSM:5478) Stock Up Recently?

Soft-World International's (GTSM:5478) stock is up by 7.4% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to investigate if the company's decent financials had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Soft-World International's ROE today.

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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

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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 Soft-World International is:

13% = NT\$934m ÷ NT\$7.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every NT\$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn NT\$0.13 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 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 Soft-World International's Earnings Growth And 13% ROE

To start with, Soft-World International's ROE looks acceptable. Further, the company's ROE is similar to the industry average of 15%. Consequently, this likely laid the ground for the decent growth of 19% seen over the past five years by Soft-World International.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Soft-World International's reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 24% in the same period, which is not something we like to see.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 Soft-World International fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Soft-World International Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

While Soft-World International has a three-year median payout ratio of 60% (which means it retains 40% of profits), the company has still seen a fair bit of earnings growth in the past, meaning that its high payout ratio hasn't hampered its ability to grow.

Moreover, Soft-World International is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.

### Conclusion

On the whole, we do feel that Soft-World International has some positive attributes. The company has grown its earnings moderately as previously discussed. Still, the high ROE could have been even more beneficial to investors had the company been reinvesting more of its profits. As highlighted earlier, the current reinvestment rate appears to be quite low. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on Soft-World International 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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