# Are Strong Financial Prospects The Force That Is Driving The Momentum In Fujian South Highway Machinery Co., Ltd.'s SHSE:603280) Stock?

Simply Wall St ·  Jan 1 01:53

Fujian South Highway Machinery (SHSE:603280) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 17% over the last week. Since the market usually pay for a company's long-term fundamentals, we decided to study the company's key performance indicators to see if they could be influencing the market. In this article, we decided to focus on Fujian South Highway Machinery's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors' money. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

See our latest analysis for Fujian South Highway Machinery

## How Is ROE Calculated?

ROE can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Fujian South Highway Machinery is:

9.2% = CN¥113m ÷ CN¥1.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every CN¥1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of CN¥0.09.

## Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. Based on how much of its profits the company chooses to reinvest or "retain", we are then able to evaluate a company's future ability to generate profits. 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.

## Fujian South Highway Machinery's Earnings Growth And 9.2% ROE

On the face of it, Fujian South Highway Machinery's ROE is not much to talk about. However, the fact that the its ROE is quite higher to the industry average of 7.5% doesn't go unnoticed by us. This probably goes some way in explaining Fujian South Highway Machinery's moderate 11% growth over the past five years amongst other factors. That being said, the company does have a slightly low ROE to begin with, just that it is higher than the industry average. So there might well be other reasons for the earnings to grow. Such as- high earnings retention or the company belonging to a high growth industry.

As a next step, we compared Fujian South Highway Machinery's 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 11% in the same period.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Fujian South Highway Machinery fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Fujian South Highway Machinery Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

With a three-year median payout ratio of 25% (implying that the company retains 75% of its profits), it seems that Fujian South Highway Machinery is reinvesting efficiently in a way that it sees respectable amount growth in its earnings and pays a dividend that's well covered.

## Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that Fujian South Highway Machinery's performance has been quite good. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business at a moderate rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings are expected to gain momentum. 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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