Jetwell Computer (GTSM:3147) has had a rough three months with its share price down 4.8%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on Jetwell Computer'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.
How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?
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 Jetwell Computer is:
13% = NT$83m ÷ NT$655m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. 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 Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.
Jetwell Computer's Earnings Growth And 13% ROE
To start with, Jetwell Computer's ROE looks acceptable. And on comparing with the industry, we found that the the average industry ROE is similar at 14%. This certainly adds some context to Jetwell Computer's moderate 11% net income growth seen over the past five years.
As a next step, we compared Jetwell Computer's net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 16% in the same period.
Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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. If you're wondering about Jetwell Computer's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Jetwell Computer Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
Jetwell Computer has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 59%, meaning that it is left with only 41% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.
Additionally, Jetwell Computer has paid dividends over a period of seven years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.
Overall, we feel that Jetwell Computer certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Its earnings growth is decent, and the high ROE does contribute to that growth. However, investors could have benefitted even more from the high ROE, had the company been reinvesting more of its earnings. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. You can do your own research on Jetwell Computer 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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