Chenming Electronic Technology Corporation (TPE:3013) Is Up But Financials Look Inconsistent: Which Way Is The Stock Headed?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 20, 2021
TSEC:3013

Most readers would already know that Chenming Electronic Technology's (TPE:3013) stock increased by 9.2% over the past three months. Given that the stock prices usually follow long-term business performance, we wonder if the company's mixed financials could have any adverse effect on its current price price movement In this article, we decided to focus on Chenming Electronic Technology's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

View our latest analysis for Chenming Electronic Technology

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Chenming Electronic Technology is:

7.8% = NT$191m ÷ NT$2.5b (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$0.08 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. Assuming everything else remains unchanged, the higher the ROE and profit retention, the higher the growth rate of a company compared to companies that don't necessarily bear these characteristics.

A Side By Side comparison of Chenming Electronic Technology's Earnings Growth And 7.8% ROE

On the face of it, Chenming Electronic Technology's ROE is not much to talk about. We then compared the company's ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 11%. Therefore, Chenming Electronic Technology's flat earnings over the past five years can possibly be explained by the low ROE amongst other factors.

As a next step, we compared Chenming Electronic Technology'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 6.1% in the same period.

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TSEC:3013 Past Earnings Growth February 21st 2021

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. Is Chenming Electronic Technology fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Chenming Electronic Technology Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

In spite of a normal three-year median payout ratio of 33% (or a retention ratio of 67%), Chenming Electronic Technology hasn't seen much growth in its earnings. Therefore, there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

In addition, Chenming Electronic Technology 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.

Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Chenming Electronic Technology. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. You can do your own research on Chenming Electronic Technology 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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