HiTech Group Australia (ASX:HIT) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 77% over the last three months. Given that stock prices are usually aligned with a company's financial performance in the long-term, we decided to study its financial indicators more closely to see if they had a hand to play in the recent price move. Particularly, we will be paying attention to HiTech Group Australia's ROE today.
Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In short, ROE shows the profit each dollar generates with respect to its shareholder investments.
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 HiTech Group Australia is:
43% = AU$3.1m ÷ AU$7.2m (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).
The 'return' refers to a company's earnings over the last year. One way to conceptualize this is that for each A$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made A$0.43 in profit.
What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?
We have already established that ROE serves as an efficient profit-generating gauge for a company's future earnings. 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. 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.
HiTech Group Australia's Earnings Growth And 43% ROE
To begin with, HiTech Group Australia has a pretty high ROE which is interesting. Second, a comparison with the average ROE reported by the industry of 17% also doesn't go unnoticed by us. Under the circumstances, HiTech Group Australia's considerable five year net income growth of 25% was to be expected.
We then performed a comparison between HiTech Group Australia's net income growth with the industry, which revealed that the company's growth is similar to the average industry growth of 25% in the same 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. 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 Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
HiTech Group Australia's very high three-year median payout ratio of 105% suggests that the company is paying more to its shareholders than what it is earning. However, this hasn't hampered its ability to grow as we saw earlier. With that said, it could be worth keeping an eye on the high payout ratio as that's a huge risk. Our risks dashboard should have the 3 risks we have identified for HiTech Group Australia.
Moreover, HiTech Group Australia is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of seven years of paying a dividend.
On the whole, we do feel that HiTech Group Australia has some positive attributes. Namely, its high earnings growth, which was likely due to its high ROE. However, investors could have benefitted even more from the high ROE, had the company been reinvesting more of its earnings. As discussed earlier, the company is retaining hardly any of its profits. Up till now, we've only made a short study of the company's growth data. To gain further insights into HiTech Group Australia's past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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