# Is COSCO SHIPPING Technology Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:002401) Recent Performance Tethered To Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

Simply Wall St ·  Apr 17 21:05

Most readers would already know that COSCO SHIPPING Technology's (SZSE:002401) stock increased by 9.0% over the past three months. Given that the market rewards strong financials in the long-term, we wonder if that is the case in this instance. In this article, we decided to focus on COSCO SHIPPING Technology's ROE.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors' money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.

## 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 COSCO SHIPPING Technology is:

12% = CN¥189m ÷ CN¥1.6b (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every CN¥1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of CN¥0.12.

## 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 all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don't have the same features.

## COSCO SHIPPING Technology's Earnings Growth And 12% ROE

To begin with, COSCO SHIPPING Technology seems to have a respectable ROE. Further, the company's ROE compares quite favorably to the industry average of 5.1%. This certainly adds some context to COSCO SHIPPING Technology's decent 14% net income growth seen over the past five years.

We then compared COSCO SHIPPING Technology's net income growth with the industry and we're pleased to see that the company's growth figure is higher when compared with the industry which has a growth rate of 6.8% in the same 5-year period.

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. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. If you're wondering about COSCO SHIPPING Technology's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is COSCO SHIPPING Technology Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

In COSCO SHIPPING Technology's case, its respectable earnings growth can probably be explained by its low three-year median payout ratio of 23% (or a retention ratio of 77%), which suggests that the company is investing most of its profits to grow its business.

Besides, COSCO SHIPPING Technology has been paying dividends over a period of nine years. This shows that the company is committed to sharing profits with its shareholders.

## Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with COSCO SHIPPING Technology's performance. Particularly, we like that the company is reinvesting heavily into its business, and at a high rate of return. Unsurprisingly, this has led to an impressive earnings growth. If the company continues to grow its earnings the way it has, that could have a positive impact on its share price given how earnings per share influence long-term share prices. Remember, the price of a stock is also dependent on the perceived risk. Therefore investors must keep themselves informed about the risks involved before investing in any company. To know the 1 risk we have identified for COSCO SHIPPING Technology visit our risks dashboard for free.

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