Most readers would already know that AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's (GTSM:3564) stock increased by 9.5% over the past three months. However, in this article, we decided to focus on its weak financials, as long-term fundamentals ultimately dictate market outcomes. Specifically, we decided to study AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's ROE in this article.
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. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
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 AEWIN TechnologiesLtd is:
4.9% = NT$54m ÷ NT$1.1b (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$0.05 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With 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. 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.
AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's Earnings Growth And 4.9% ROE
On the face of it, AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's ROE is not much to talk about. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 17%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Given the circumstances, the significant decline in net income by 27% seen by AEWIN TechnologiesLtd over the last five years is not surprising. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the business has allocated capital poorly or that the company has a very high payout ratio.
That being said, we compared AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 19% in the same period.
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). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is AEWIN TechnologiesLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is AEWIN TechnologiesLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?
With a high three-year median payout ratio of 59% (implying that 41% of the profits are retained), most of AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's profits are being paid to shareholders, which explains the company's shrinking earnings. The business is only left with a small pool of capital to reinvest - A vicious cycle that doesn't benefit the company in the long-run. Our risks dashboard should have the 3 risks we have identified for AEWIN TechnologiesLtd.
In addition, AEWIN TechnologiesLtd has been paying dividends over a period of eight years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is preferred by the management even though earnings have been in decline.
In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning AEWIN TechnologiesLtd. As a result of its low ROE and lack of mich reinvestment into the business, the company has seen a disappointing earnings growth rate. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.
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