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Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s (SHSE:688091) Stock Has Seen Strong Momentum: Does That Call For Deeper Study Of Its Financial Prospects?

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Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical (SHSE:688091) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 18% over the last three months. As most would know, fundamentals are what usually guide market price movements over the long-term, so we decided to look at the company's key financial indicators today to determine if they have any role to play in the recent price movement. In this article, we decided to focus on Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical's ROE.

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.

See our latest analysis for Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical

How To 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 Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical is:

2.7% = CN¥32m ÷ CN¥1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. Another way to think of that is that for every CN¥1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn CN¥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 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 Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical's Earnings Growth And 2.7% ROE

It is hard to argue that Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 8.3%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. However, we we're pleasantly surprised to see that Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical grew its net income at a significant rate of 30% in the last five years. We believe that there might be other aspects that are positively influencing the company's earnings growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 9.2% in the same period, which is great to see.

past-earnings-growthSHSE:688091 Past Earnings Growth August 12th 2022

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It's important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company's expected earnings growth (or decline). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical doesn't pay any dividend to its shareholders, meaning that the company has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This is likely what's driving the high earnings growth number discussed above.

Conclusion

Overall, we feel that Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical certainly does have some positive factors to consider. Despite its low rate of return, the fact that the company reinvests a very high portion of its profits into its business, no doubt contributed to its high earnings growth. 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. Our risks dashboard would have the 2 risks we have identified for Shanghai Yizhong Pharmaceutical.

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