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Standard Chem & Pharm CO., LTD.'s (TPE:1720) Stock Has Been Sliding But Fundamentals Look Strong: Is The Market Wrong?

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It is hard to get excited after looking at Standard Chem & Pharm's (TPE:1720) recent performance, when its stock has declined 2.3% over the past week. However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. In this article, we decided to focus on Standard Chem & Pharm's 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.

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How Is ROE Calculated?

Return on equity 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 Standard Chem & Pharm is:

12% = NT$566m ÷ NT$4.7b (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$0.12 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.

Standard Chem & Pharm's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

At first glance, Standard Chem & Pharm seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 8.1%. This certainly adds some context to Standard Chem & Pharm's decent 5.6% net income growth seen over the past five years.

Next, on comparing Standard Chem & Pharm's net income growth with the industry, we found that the company's reported growth is similar to the industry average growth rate of 5.9% in the same period.

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TSEC:1720 Past Earnings Growth January 19th 2021

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). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Has the market priced in the future outlook for 1720? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report

Is Standard Chem & Pharm Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

While Standard Chem & Pharm has a three-year median payout ratio of 71% (which means it retains 29% 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, Standard Chem & Pharm 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.

Summary

Overall, we are quite pleased with Standard Chem & Pharm's performance. In particular, its high ROE is quite noteworthy and also the probable explanation behind its considerable earnings growth. Yet, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Which means that the company has been able to grow its earnings in spite of it, so that's not too bad. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. To gain further insights into Standard Chem & Pharm's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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