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Is Delta Electronics, Inc.'s (TPE:2308) Recent Stock Performance Influenced By Its Fundamentals In Any Way?

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Delta Electronics' (TPE:2308) stock is up by a considerable 44% over the past three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Delta Electronics' ROE today.

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 short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

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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 Delta Electronics is:

14% = NT$25b ÷ NT$173b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every NT$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn NT$0.14 in profit.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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 Delta Electronics' Earnings Growth And 14% ROE

At first glance, Delta Electronics seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 9.9% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. Yet, Delta Electronics has posted measly growth of 4.3% over the past five years. That's a bit unexpected from a company which has such a high rate of return. A few likely reasons why this could happen is that the company could have a high payout ratio or the business has allocated capital poorly, for instance.

As a next step, we compared Delta Electronics' net income growth with the industry and were disappointed to see that the company's growth is lower than the industry average growth of 9.2% in the same period.

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TSEC:2308 Past Earnings Growth February 22nd 2021

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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Delta Electronics fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Delta Electronics Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

With a high three-year median payout ratio of 69% (or a retention ratio of 31%), most of Delta Electronics' profits are being paid to shareholders. This definitely contributes to the low earnings growth seen by the company.

In addition, Delta Electronics has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 58%. Regardless, the future ROE for Delta Electronics is predicted to rise to 20% despite there being not much change expected in its payout ratio.

Summary

In total, it does look like Delta Electronics has some positive aspects to its business. Yet, the low earnings growth is a bit concerning, especially given that the company has a high rate of return. Investors could have benefitted from the high ROE, had the company been reinvesting more of its earnings. As discussed earlier, the company is retaining a small portion of its profits. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings are expected to gain momentum. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

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About TWSE:2308

Delta Electronics

Delta Electronics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides power and thermal management solutions in Mainland China, the United States, Taiwan, Thailand, and internationally.

Flawless balance sheet with reasonable growth potential.

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