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Is D-Link Corporation's (TPE:2332) Recent Stock Performance Influenced By Its Fundamentals In Any Way?

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Most readers would already be aware that D-Link's (TPE:2332) stock increased significantly by 47% over the past three months. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to D-Link's 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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

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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 D-Link is:

3.3% = NT$290m ÷ NT$8.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

The 'return' is the profit 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$0.03 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. 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.

D-Link's Earnings Growth And 3.3% ROE

When you first look at it, D-Link's ROE doesn't look that attractive. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 10.0%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Despite this, surprisingly, D-Link saw an exceptional 55% net income growth over the past five years. So, there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. For example, it is possible that the company's management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that D-Link's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 1.5% in the same period, which is great to see.

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TSEC:2332 Past Earnings Growth January 8th 2021

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. 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 D-Link's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

Is D-Link Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Given that D-Link doesn't pay any dividend to its shareholders, we infer that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits to grow its business.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that D-Link has some positive attributes. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. While we won't completely dismiss the company, what we would do, is try to ascertain how risky the business is to make a more informed decision around the company. To know the 2 risks we have identified for D-Link visit our risks dashboard for free.

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About TWSE:2332

D-Link

D-Link Corporation researches, develops, and sells local area computer network systems, wireless local area computer networks, and spare parts for integrated circuits in Taiwan and internationally.

Excellent balance sheet with questionable track record.

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