# A Closer Look At Telling Telecommunication Holding Co.,Ltd's (SZSE:000829) Uninspiring ROE

Simply Wall St ·  Jul 3 18:13

While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. We'll use ROE to examine Telling Telecommunication Holding Co.,Ltd (SZSE:000829), by way of a worked example.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. Put another way, it reveals the company's success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

## How To 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 Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd is:

1.9% = CN¥57m ÷ CN¥3.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

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¥0.02 in profit.

## Does Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd Have A Good Return On Equity?

One simple way to determine if a company has a good return on equity is to compare it to the average for its industry. Importantly, this is far from a perfect measure, because companies differ significantly within the same industry classification. As is clear from the image below, Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd has a lower ROE than the average (6.3%) in the Electronic industry.

Unfortunately, that's sub-optimal. Although, we think that a lower ROE could still mean that a company has the opportunity to better its returns with the use of leverage, provided its existing debt levels are low. A company with high debt levels and low ROE is a combination we like to avoid given the risk involved. You can see the 3 risks we have identified for Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

## How Does Debt Impact ROE?

Virtually all companies need money to invest in the business, to grow profits. That cash can come from retained earnings, issuing new shares (equity), or debt. In the case of the first and second options, the ROE will reflect this use of cash, for growth. In the latter case, the debt used for growth will improve returns, but won't affect the total equity. That will make the ROE look better than if no debt was used.

## Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd's Debt And Its 1.9% ROE

We think Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd uses a significant amount of debt to maximize its returns, as it has a significantly higher debt to equity ratio of 4.13. Most investors would need a low share price to be interested in a company with low ROE and high debt to equity.

## Summary

Return on equity is a useful indicator of the ability of a business to generate profits and return them to shareholders. Companies that can achieve high returns on equity without too much debt are generally of good quality. All else being equal, a higher ROE is better.

Having said that, while ROE is a useful indicator of business quality, you'll have to look at a whole range of factors to determine the right price to buy a stock. Profit growth rates, versus the expectations reflected in the price of the stock, are a particularly important to consider. Check the past profit growth by Telling Telecommunication HoldingLtd by looking at this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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