# Sichuan Development Lomon Co.,Ltd. (SZSE:002312) On An Uptrend: Could Fundamentals Be Driving The Stock?

Simply Wall St ·  Jul 15 19:16

Most readers would already know that Sichuan Development LomonLtd's (SZSE:002312) stock increased by 9.5% over the past three months. We wonder if and what role the company's financials play in that price change as a company's long-term fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Sichuan Development LomonLtd's ROE today.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company's management is utilizing the company's capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

## How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

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 Sichuan Development LomonLtd is:

4.0% = CN¥370m ÷ CN¥9.2b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

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¥0.04 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. 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.

## Sichuan Development LomonLtd's Earnings Growth And 4.0% ROE

It is hard to argue that Sichuan Development LomonLtd's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 6.4%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. Despite this, surprisingly, Sichuan Development LomonLtd saw an exceptional 25% net income growth over the past five years. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For instance, the company has a low payout ratio or is being managed efficiently.

As a next step, we compared Sichuan Development LomonLtd's net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 7.8%.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Sichuan Development LomonLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Sichuan Development LomonLtd Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

The three-year median payout ratio for Sichuan Development LomonLtd is 45%, which is moderately low. The company is retaining the remaining 55%. By the looks of it, the dividend is well covered and Sichuan Development LomonLtd is reinvesting its profits efficiently as evidenced by its exceptional growth which we discussed above.

Additionally, Sichuan Development LomonLtd has paid dividends over a period of at least ten years which means that the company is pretty serious about sharing its profits with shareholders.

## Conclusion

In total, it does look like Sichuan Development LomonLtd has some positive aspects to its business. With a high rate of reinvestment, albeit at a low ROE, the company has managed to see a considerable growth in its earnings. We also studied the latest analyst forecasts and found that the company's earnings growth is expected be similar to its current growth rate. 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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