# Is The Market Rewarding Shandong Lukang Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd. (SHSE:600789) With A Negative Sentiment As A Result Of Its Mixed Fundamentals?

Simply Wall St ·  Feb 14 17:57

Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd (SHSE:600789) has had a rough three months with its share price down 15%. It seems that the market might have completely ignored the positive aspects of the company's fundamentals and decided to weigh-in more on the negative aspects. Long-term fundamentals are usually what drive market outcomes, so it's worth paying close attention. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's ROE today.

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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

## 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 Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd is:

6.7% = CN¥248m ÷ CN¥3.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. That means that for every CN¥1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated CN¥0.07 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. 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.

## A Side By Side comparison of Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's Earnings Growth And 6.7% ROE

At first glance, Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's ROE doesn't look very promising. A quick further study shows that the company's ROE doesn't compare favorably to the industry average of 8.5% either. As a result, Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's flat net income growth over the past five years doesn't come as a surprise given its lower ROE.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that the industry grew its earnings by 11% over the last few years.

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). Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Despite having a normal three-year median payout ratio of 31% (implying that the company keeps 69% of its income) over the last three years, Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd has seen a negligible amount of growth in earnings as we saw above. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

Moreover, Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd has been paying dividends for seven years, which is a considerable amount of time, suggesting that management must have perceived that the shareholders prefer dividends over earnings growth.

## Summary

In total, we're a bit ambivalent about Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's performance. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Shandong Lukang PharmaceuticalLtd's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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