# Should Weakness in HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:300306) Stock Be Seen As A Sign That Market Will Correct The Share Price Given Decent Financials?

Simply Wall St ·  Feb 23 17:24

HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info (SZSE:300306) has had a rough three months with its share price down 21%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. In this article, we decided to focus on HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's ROE.

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.

## 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 HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info is:

5.4% = CN¥80m ÷ CN¥1.5b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each CN¥1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made CN¥0.05 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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.

## HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's Earnings Growth And 5.4% ROE

On the face of it, HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's ROE is not much to talk about. However, its ROE is similar to the industry average of 6.7%, so we won't completely dismiss the company. Looking at HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's exceptional 56% five-year net income growth in particular, we are definitely impressed. Taking into consideration that the ROE is not particularly high, we reckon that there could also be other factors at play which could be influencing the company's growth. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 11% in the same period, which is great to see.

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 300306? You can find out in our latest intrinsic value infographic research report

## Is HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info has a significant three-year median payout ratio of 81%, meaning the company only retains 19% of its income. This implies that the company has been able to achieve high earnings growth despite returning most of its profits to shareholders.

Additionally, HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info 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.

## Conclusion

In total, it does look like HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info has some positive aspects to its business. Namely, its high earnings growth. We do however feel that the earnings growth number could have been even higher, had the company been reinvesting more of its earnings and paid out less dividends. Until now, we have only just grazed the surface of the company's past performance by looking at the company's fundamentals. To gain further insights into HangZhou Everfine Photo-e-info's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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