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Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About GR Properties Limited (HKG:108)?

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

It is hard to get excited after looking at GR Properties' (HKG:108) recent performance, when its stock has declined 11% over the past week. But if you pay close attention, you might find that its key financial indicators look quite decent, which could mean that the stock could potentially rise in the long-term given how markets usually reward more resilient long-term fundamentals. Specifically, we decided to study GR Properties' ROE in this article.

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. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

Check out our latest analysis for GR Properties

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 GR Properties is:

2.5% = HK$94m ÷ HK$3.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. Another way to think of that is that for every HK$1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn HK$0.03 in profit.

What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

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

GR Properties' Earnings Growth And 2.5% ROE

As you can see, GR Properties' ROE looks pretty weak. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 6.8%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. In spite of this, GR Properties was able to grow its net income considerably, at a rate of 55% in the last five years. Therefore, there could be other reasons behind this growth. Such as - high earnings retention or an efficient management in place.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that GR Properties' growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 5.6% in the same period, which is great to see.

past-earnings-growthSEHK:108 Past Earnings Growth September 23rd 2022

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. 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 GR Properties is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

Is GR Properties Efficiently Re- investing Its Profits?

GR Properties doesn't pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Conclusion

In total, it does look like GR Properties has some positive aspects to its business. Even in spite of the low rate of return, the company has posted impressive earnings growth as a result of reinvesting heavily into its business. 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 GR Properties.

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