# Is COFCO Technology & Industry Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:301058) Latest Stock Performance A Reflection Of Its Financial Health?

Simply Wall St ·  Apr 19 18:00

COFCO Technology & Industry's (SZSE:301058) stock is up by a considerable 9.3% over the past week. 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 COFCO Technology & Industry's ROE.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

## How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for return on equity is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for COFCO Technology & Industry is:

9.3% = CN¥188m ÷ CN¥2.0b (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¥0.09 in profit.

## Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

Thus far, we have learned that ROE measures how efficiently a company is generating its profits. 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.

## COFCO Technology & Industry's Earnings Growth And 9.3% ROE

When you first look at it, COFCO Technology & Industry's ROE doesn't look that attractive. Although a closer study shows that the company's ROE is higher than the industry average of 7.7% which we definitely can't overlook. This probably goes some way in explaining COFCO Technology & Industry's moderate 18% growth over the past five years amongst other factors. That being said, the company does have a slightly low ROE to begin with, just that it is higher than the industry average. So there might well be other reasons for the earnings to grow. E.g the company has a low payout ratio or could belong to a high growth industry.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that COFCO Technology & Industry's growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 8.3% in the same period, which is great to see.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. 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. One good indicator of expected earnings growth is the P/E ratio which determines the price the market is willing to pay for a stock based on its earnings prospects. So, you may want to check if COFCO Technology & Industry is trading on a high P/E or a low P/E, relative to its industry.

## Is COFCO Technology & Industry Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

COFCO Technology & Industry has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 49% (or a retention ratio of 51%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.

Along with seeing a growth in earnings, COFCO Technology & Industry only recently started paying dividends. Its quite possible that the company was looking to impress its shareholders.

## Conclusion

Overall, we are quite pleased with COFCO Technology & Industry's performance. In particular, it's great to see that the company has seen significant growth in its earnings backed by a respectable ROE and a high reinvestment rate. With that said, the latest industry analyst forecasts reveal that the company's earnings are expected to accelerate. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company's fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst's forecasts page for the company.

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