# Liaoning Chengda Biotechnology Co.,Ltd. (SHSE:688739) Stock's On A Decline: Are Poor Fundamentals The Cause?

Simply Wall St ·  Jul 15 20:51

It is hard to get excited after looking at Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's (SHSE:688739) recent performance, when its stock has declined 9.2% over the past three months. We decided to study the company's financials to determine if the downtrend will continue as the long-term performance of a company usually dictates market outcomes. In this article, we decided to focus on Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's ROE.

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 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?

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 Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd is:

4.3% = CN¥420m ÷ CN¥9.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. One way to conceptualize this is that for each CN¥1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made CN¥0.04 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.

## Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's Earnings Growth And 4.3% ROE

It is hard to argue that Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even compared to the average industry ROE of 5.8%, the company's ROE is quite dismal. For this reason, Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's five year net income decline of 6.3% is not surprising given its lower ROE. We believe that there also might be other aspects that are negatively influencing the company's earnings prospects. For instance, the company has a very high payout ratio, or is faced with competitive pressures.

So, as a next step, we compared Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd'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 5.4% over the last few years.

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 Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

## Is Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

With a high three-year median payout ratio of 62% (implying that 38% of the profits are retained), most of Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's profits are being paid to shareholders, which explains the company's shrinking earnings. With only a little being reinvested into the business, earnings growth would obviously be low or non-existent. Our risks dashboard should have the 3 risks we have identified for Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd.

Additionally, Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd started paying a dividend only recently. So it looks like the management may have perceived that shareholders favor dividends even though earnings have been in decline.

## Summary

Overall, we would be extremely cautious before making any decision on Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd. As a result of its low ROE and lack of much reinvestment into the business, the company has seen a disappointing earnings growth rate. So far, we've only made a quick discussion around the company's earnings growth. So it may be worth checking this free detailed graph of Liaoning Chengda BiotechnologyLtd's past earnings, as well as revenue and cash flows to get a deeper insight into the company's performance.

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