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# Are Panion & Bf Biotech Inc.'s (TPE:1760) Mixed Financials Driving The Negative Sentiment?

It is hard to get excited after looking at Panion & Bf Biotech's (TPE:1760) recent performance, when its stock has declined 34% over the past three months. It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. In this article, we decided to focus on Panion & Bf Biotech'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 Panion & Bf Biotech

### 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 Panion & Bf Biotech is:

3.9% = NT\$47m ÷ NT\$1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. That means that for every NT\$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated NT\$0.04 in profit.

### Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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 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.

### Panion & Bf Biotech's Earnings Growth And 3.9% ROE

At first glance, Panion & Bf Biotech's ROE doesn't look very promising. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 8.1% either. However, the moderate 12% net income growth seen by Panion & Bf Biotech over the past five years is definitely a positive. So, there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Panion & Bf Biotech's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 5.9% in the same period, which is great to see.

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. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Panion & Bf Biotech fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

### Is Panion & Bf Biotech Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Panion & Bf Biotech has a very high three-year median payout ratio of 113% suggesting that the company's shareholders are getting paid from more than just the company's earnings. However, this hasn't really hampered its ability to grow as we saw earlier. It would still be worth keeping an eye on that high payout ratio, if for some reason the company runs into problems and business deteriorates. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Panion & Bf Biotech by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

Additionally, Panion & Bf Biotech has paid dividends over a period of six years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to drop to 77% over the next three years. Accordingly, the expected drop in the payout ratio explains the expected increase in the company's ROE to 21%, over the same period.

### Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Panion & Bf Biotech. While no doubt its earnings growth is pretty substantial, its ROE and earnings retention is quite poor. So while the company has managed to grow its earnings in spite of this, we are unconvinced if this growth could extend, especially during troubled times. 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 Panion & Bf Biotech's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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