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Will Weakness in Want Want China Holdings Limited's (HKG:151) Stock Prove Temporary Given Strong Fundamentals?

Simply Wall St ·  09/22 07:50

With its stock down 29% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Want Want China Holdings (HKG:151). But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Want Want China Holdings' ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors' money. In other words, it is a profitability ratio which measures the rate of return on the capital provided by the company's shareholders.

View our latest analysis for Want Want China Holdings

How To 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 Want Want China Holdings is:

25% = CN¥4.2b ÷ CN¥17b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each HK$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made HK$0.25 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. 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don't share these attributes.

Want Want China Holdings' Earnings Growth And 25% ROE

To begin with, Want Want China Holdings has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 8.6% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Probably as a result of this, Want Want China Holdings was able to see a decent net income growth of 6.8% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared Want Want China Holdings' net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 7.3% in the same period.

past-earnings-growthSEHK:151 Past Earnings Growth September 21st 2022

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Has the market priced in the future outlook for 151? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report.

Is Want Want China Holdings Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Want Want China Holdings has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 67%, meaning that it is left with only 33% to reinvest into its business. This implies that the company has been able to achieve decent earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Additionally, Want Want China Holdings has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders. Upon studying the latest analysts' consensus data, we found that the company's future payout ratio is expected to rise to 88% over the next three years. Regardless, the ROE is not expected to change much for the company despite the higher expected payout ratio.

Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with Want Want China Holdings' performance. Especially the high ROE, Which has contributed to the impressive growth seen in earnings. Despite the company reinvesting only a small portion of its profits, it still has managed to grow its earnings so that is appreciable. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings growth is expected to slow down. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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