# Weak Financial Prospects Seem To Be Dragging Down Ningbo Techmation Co.,Ltd. (SHSE:603015) Stock

Simply Wall St ·  Feb 27 21:41

It is hard to get excited after looking at Ningbo TechmationLtd's (SHSE:603015) recent performance, when its stock has declined 27% over the past three months. We decided to study the company's financials to determine if the downtrend will continue as the long-term performance of a company usually dictates market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Ningbo TechmationLtd's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

## 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 Ningbo TechmationLtd is:

2.7% = CN¥36m ÷ CN¥1.3b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' is the income the business earned over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each CN¥1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made CN¥0.03 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.

## Ningbo TechmationLtd's Earnings Growth And 2.7% ROE

As you can see, Ningbo TechmationLtd's ROE looks pretty weak. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 6.7%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. Thus, the low net income growth of 2.9% seen by Ningbo TechmationLtd over the past five years could probably be the result of it having a lower ROE.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Ningbo TechmationLtd's reported growth was lower than the industry growth of 11% over the last few years, which is not something we like to see.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. 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 Ningbo TechmationLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Ningbo TechmationLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

With a high three-year median payout ratio of 52% (or a retention ratio of 48%), most of Ningbo TechmationLtd's profits are being paid to shareholders. This definitely contributes to the low earnings growth seen by the company.

In addition, Ningbo TechmationLtd has been paying dividends over a period of nine years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth.

## Conclusion

Overall, we would be extremely cautious before making any decision on Ningbo TechmationLtd. As a result of its low ROE and lack of much reinvestment into the business, the company has seen a disappointing earnings growth rate. In brief, we think the company is risky and investors should think twice before making any final judgement on this company. To know the 2 risks we have identified for Ningbo TechmationLtd visit our risks dashboard for free.

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