# Is ADD Industry (Zhejiang) CO., LTD's (SHSE:603089) Stock Price Struggling As A Result Of Its Mixed Financials?

Simply Wall St ·  Apr 17 01:50

With its stock down 26% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard ADD Industry (Zhejiang) (SHSE:603089). It is possible that the markets have ignored the company's differing financials and decided to lean-in to the negative sentiment. Fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes so it makes sense to study the company's financials. Specifically, we decided to study ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s ROE in this article.

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 Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

Return on equity 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 ADD Industry (Zhejiang) is:

4.0% = CN¥52m ÷ CN¥1.3b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

The 'return' is the profit 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¥0.04 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.

## ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s Earnings Growth And 4.0% ROE

It is quite clear that ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s ROE is rather low. Even when compared to the industry average of 7.6%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. For this reason, ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s five year net income decline of 10% is not surprising given its lower ROE. We reckon that there could also be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.

However, when we compared ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s growth with the industry we found that while the company's earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 4.0% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.

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). This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. Is ADD Industry (Zhejiang) fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is ADD Industry (Zhejiang) Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Looking at its three-year median payout ratio of 36% (or a retention ratio of 64%) which is pretty normal, ADD Industry (Zhejiang)'s declining earnings is rather baffling as one would expect to see a fair bit of growth when a company is retaining a good portion of its profits. So there might be other factors at play here which could potentially be hampering growth. For example, the business has faced some headwinds.

Additionally, ADD Industry (Zhejiang) has paid dividends over a period of seven years, which means that the company's management is rather focused on keeping up its dividend payments, regardless of the shrinking earnings.

## Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by ADD Industry (Zhejiang) can be open to many interpretations. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. Wrapping up, we would proceed with caution with this company and one way of doing that would be to look at the risk profile of the business. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for ADD Industry (Zhejiang) by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

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