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HiTech Group Australia Limited's (ASX:HIT) Fundamentals Look Pretty Strong: Could The Market Be Wrong About The Stock?

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HiTech Group Australia (ASX:HIT) has had a rough three months with its share price down 5.4%. However, the company's fundamentals look pretty decent, and long-term financials are usually aligned with future market price movements. Particularly, we will be paying attention to HiTech Group Australia's ROE today.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

See our latest analysis for HiTech Group Australia

How To Calculate Return On Equity?

ROE 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 HiTech Group Australia is:

50% = AU$3.6m ÷ AU$7.1m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. So, this means that for every A$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of A$0.50.

Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. 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. 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.

HiTech Group Australia's Earnings Growth And 50% ROE

To begin with, HiTech Group Australia has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Secondly, even when compared to the industry average of 15% the company's ROE is quite impressive. Probably as a result of this, HiTech Group Australia was able to see a decent net income growth of 13% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared HiTech Group Australia's net income growth with the industry and found that the company has a similar growth figure when compared with the industry average growth rate of 11% in the same period.

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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. Doing so will help them establish if the stock's future looks promising or ominous. Is HiTech Group Australia fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is HiTech Group Australia Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

The really high three-year median payout ratio of 105% for HiTech Group Australia suggests that the company is paying its shareholders more than what it is earning. Still the company's earnings have grown respectably. That being said, the high payout ratio could be worth keeping an eye on in case the company is unable to keep up its current growth momentum. You can see the 4 risks we have identified for HiTech Group Australia by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

Moreover, HiTech Group Australia is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of eight years of paying a dividend. Based on the latest analysts' estimates, we found that the company's future payout ratio over the next three years is expected to hold steady at 95%. Regardless, HiTech Group Australia's ROE is speculated to decline to 30% despite there being no anticipated change in its payout ratio.

Summary

On the whole, we do feel that HiTech Group Australia has some positive attributes. Especially the growth in earnings which was backed by an impressive ROE. Still, the high ROE could have been even more beneficial to investors had the company been reinvesting more of its profits. As highlighted earlier, the current reinvestment rate appears to be negligible. On studying current analyst estimates, we found that analysts expect the company to continue its recent growth streak. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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