Most readers would already know that eGalax_eMPIA Technology's (GTSM:3556) stock increased by 8.7% over the past three months. However, the company's financials look a bit inconsistent and market outcomes are ultimately driven by long-term fundamentals, meaning that the stock could head in either direction. In this article, we decided to focus on eGalax_eMPIA Technology's ROE.
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. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
How Is ROE Calculated?
The formula for return on equity is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for eGalax_eMPIA Technology is:
20% = NT$232m ÷ NT$1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
The 'return' refers to a company's earnings 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$0.20 in profit.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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.
A Side By Side comparison of eGalax_eMPIA Technology's Earnings Growth And 20% ROE
At first glance, eGalax_eMPIA Technology seems to have a decent ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 11%. Given the circumstances, we can't help but wonder why eGalax_eMPIA Technology saw little to no growth in the past five years. We reckon that there could be some other factors at play here that's limiting the company's growth. Such as, the company pays out a huge portion of its earnings as dividends, or is faced with competitive pressures.
We then compared eGalax_eMPIA Technology's net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 10% in the same period, which is a bit concerning.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. If you're wondering about eGalax_eMPIA Technology's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is eGalax_eMPIA Technology Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
While the company did pay out a portion of its dividend in the past, it currently doesn't pay a dividend. We infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.
On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by eGalax_eMPIA Technology can be open to many interpretations. While the company does have a high rate of return, its low earnings retention is probably what's hampering its earnings growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into eGalax_eMPIA Technology's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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