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# Genovate Biotechnology Co., Ltd.'s (GTSM:4130) Dismal Stock Performance Reflects Weak Fundamentals

With its stock down 6.6% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Genovate Biotechnology (GTSM:4130). We decided to study the company's financials to determine if the downtrend will continue as the long-term performance of a company usually dictates market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Genovate Biotechnology's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

Check out our latest analysis for Genovate Biotechnology

### How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

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 Genovate Biotechnology is:

3.1% = NT\$43m ÷ NT\$1.4b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each NT\$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made NT\$0.03 in profit.

### 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.

### Genovate Biotechnology's Earnings Growth And 3.1% ROE

When you first look at it, Genovate Biotechnology's ROE doesn't look that attractive. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 8.1% either. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 3.0% seen by Genovate Biotechnology was probably the result of it having a lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. Such as - low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

However, when we compared Genovate Biotechnology's growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 5.9% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Genovate Biotechnology fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Genovate Biotechnology Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Genovate Biotechnology has a high three-year median payout ratio of 78% (that is, it is retaining 22% of its profits). This suggests that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This goes some way in explaining why its earnings have been shrinking. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent.

Moreover, Genovate Biotechnology has been paying dividends for eight years, which is a considerable amount of time, suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer consistent dividends even though earnings have been shrinking.

### Summary

In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning Genovate Biotechnology. 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. 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 Genovate Biotechnology's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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