# Are Zhejiang Century Huatong Group Co.,Ltd's (SZSE:002602) Mixed Financials Driving The Negative Sentiment?

Simply Wall St ·  Aug 2 19:39

It is hard to get excited after looking at Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's (SZSE:002602) recent performance, when its stock has declined 32% over the past three months. We, however decided to study the company's financials to determine if they have got anything to do with the price decline. Fundamentals usually dictate market outcomes so it makes sense to study the company's financials. In this article, we decided to focus on Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. 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 Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd is:

3.2% = CN¥853m ÷ CN¥26b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. Another way to think of that is that for every CN¥1 worth of equity, the company was able to earn CN¥0.03 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. Generally speaking, other things being equal, firms with a high return on equity and profit retention, have a higher growth rate than firms that don't share these attributes.

## A Side By Side comparison of Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's Earnings Growth And 3.2% ROE

It is hard to argue that Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's ROE is much good in and of itself. Even when compared to the industry average of 5.6%, the ROE figure is pretty disappointing. Given the circumstances, the significant decline in net income by 47% seen by Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd over the last five years is not surprising. We believe that there also might be other aspects that are negatively influencing the company's earnings prospects. Such as - low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

That being said, we compared Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's performance with the industry and were concerned when we found that while the company has shrunk its earnings, the industry has grown its earnings at a rate of 4.8% in the same 5-year period.

Earnings growth is an important metric to consider when valuing a stock. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Because Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd doesn't pay any regular dividends, we infer that it is retaining all of its profits, which is rather perplexing when you consider the fact that there is no earnings growth to show for it. It looks like there might be some other reasons to explain the lack in that respect. For example, the business could be in decline.

## Summary

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Zhejiang Century Huatong GroupLtd can be open to many interpretations. 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. Having said that, looking at current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings growth rate is expected to see a huge improvement. To know more about the company's future earnings growth forecasts take a look at this free report on analyst forecasts for the company to find out more.

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