# Are Jiusheng Electric Co., Ltd.'s (SZSE:301082) Mixed Financials Driving The Negative Sentiment?

Simply Wall St ·  Jun 24 02:58

It is hard to get excited after looking at Jiusheng Electric's (SZSE:301082) recent performance, when its stock has declined 19% over the past week. We, however decided to study the company's financials to determine if they have got anything to do with the price decline. Stock prices are usually driven by a company's financial performance over the long term, and therefore we decided to pay more attention to the company's financial performance. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Jiusheng Electric's ROE today.

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?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Jiusheng Electric is:

4.7% = CN¥51m ÷ CN¥1.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each CN¥1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made CN¥0.05 in profit.

## Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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.

## Jiusheng Electric's Earnings Growth And 4.7% ROE

It is hard to argue that Jiusheng Electric's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 6.9%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. For this reason, Jiusheng Electric's five year net income decline of 10% is not surprising given its lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. For example, the business has allocated capital poorly, or that the company has a very high payout ratio.

So, as a next step, we compared Jiusheng Electric's performance against the industry and were disappointed to discover that while the company has been shrinking its earnings, the industry has been growing its earnings at a rate of 12% over the last few years.

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. 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. Is Jiusheng Electric fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Jiusheng Electric Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

In spite of a normal three-year median payout ratio of 47% (that is, a retention ratio of 53%), the fact that Jiusheng Electric's earnings have shrunk is quite puzzling. It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

Only recently, Jiusheng Electric stated paying a dividend. This likely means that the management might have concluded that its shareholders have a strong preference for dividends.

## Conclusion

Overall, we have mixed feelings about Jiusheng Electric. While the company does have a high rate of reinvestment, the low ROE means that all that reinvestment is not reaping any benefit to its investors, and moreover, its having a negative impact on the 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. Our risks dashboard would have the 5 risks we have identified for Jiusheng Electric.

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