Most readers would already be aware that Fuwei Films (Holdings)'s (NASDAQ:FFHL) stock increased significantly by 32% over the past three months. Given the company's impressive performance, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely as a company's financial health over the long-term usually dictates market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Fuwei Films (Holdings)'s ROE today.
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 ROE is:
Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity
So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Fuwei Films (Holdings) is:
20% = CN¥51m ÷ CN¥249m (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every $1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated $0.20 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. 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 Fuwei Films (Holdings)'s Earnings Growth And 20% ROE
At first glance, Fuwei Films (Holdings) seems to have a decent ROE. On comparing with the average industry ROE of 10% the company's ROE looks pretty remarkable. Probably as a result of this, Fuwei Films (Holdings) was able to see an impressive net income growth of 53% over the last five years. However, there could also be other causes behind this growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.
We then compared Fuwei Films (Holdings)'s net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 5.3% 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. Is Fuwei Films (Holdings) fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Is Fuwei Films (Holdings) Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?
In total, we are pretty happy with Fuwei Films (Holdings)'s performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Not to forget, share price outcomes are also dependent on the potential risks a company may face. So it is important for investors to be aware of the risks involved in the business. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Fuwei Films (Holdings) by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.
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