# Are Zkteco Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:301330) Mixed Financials Driving The Negative Sentiment?

Zkteco有限公司（SZSE:301330）的混合財務狀況是否引發了負面情緒？
Simply Wall St ·  08/01 00:27

With its stock down 12% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Zkteco (SZSE:301330). It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Long-term fundamentals are usually what drive market outcomes, so it's worth paying close attention. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Zkteco's ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

## 怎樣計算ROE?

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 Zkteco is:

5.7% = CN¥187m ÷ CN¥3.3b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

5.7% = CN¥18700萬 ÷ CN¥33億 (基於截至2024年3月的過去十二個月的數據)。

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each CN¥1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made CN¥0.06 in profit.

“回報”是每年的利潤。其中一種概念化方式是，對於每CN ¥1的股東資本，公司獲得了CN ¥0.06的利潤。

## roe與盈利增長有何關係？

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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 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.

## Zkteco 的盈利增長和5.7%的 ROE

At first glance, Zkteco's ROE doesn't look very promising. However, its ROE is similar to the industry average of 6.3%, so we won't completely dismiss the company. Having said that, Zkteco has shown a meagre net income growth of 3.1% over the past five years. Remember, the company's ROE is not particularly great to begin with. Hence, this does provide some context to low earnings growth seen by the company.

We then compared Zkteco's net income growth with the industry and found that the company's growth figure is lower than the average industry growth rate of 6.4% in the same 5-year period, which is a bit concerning.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is Zkteco fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Zkteco是否有效利用其利潤？

Despite having a normal three-year median payout ratio of 26% (or a retention ratio of 74% over the past three years, Zkteco has seen very little growth in earnings as we saw above. So there could be some other explanation in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Only recently, Zkteco started paying a dividend. This means that the management might have concluded that its shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.

## 總的來說，我們對偉明環保的表現非常滿意。具體而言，我們喜歡公司以高回報率再投資了其利潤的很大一部分。當然，這導致公司的收益大幅增長。但是，最新的行業分析師預測表明，該公司的收益預計將加速增長。

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Zkteco can be open to many interpretations. Even though it appears to be retaining most of its profits, given the low ROE, investors may not be benefitting from all that reinvestment after all. The low earnings growth suggests our theory correct. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. To know the 1 risk we have identified for Zkteco visit our risks dashboard for free.

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