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Why Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd (NASDAQ:SINO) May Not Be As Efficient As Its Industry

Erna Eldridge

Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd (NASDAQ:SINO) generated a below-average return on equity of 11.33% in the past 12 months, while its industry returned 11.60%. Though SINO’s recent performance is underwhelming, it is useful to understand what ROE is made up of and how it should be interpreted. Knowing these components can change your views on SINO’s below-average returns. Today I will look at how components such as financial leverage can influence ROE which may impact the sustainability of SINO’s returns. View our latest analysis for Sino-Global Shipping America

Breaking down Return on Equity

Return on Equity (ROE) weighs Sino-Global Shipping America’s profit against the level of its shareholders’ equity. It essentially shows how much the company can generate in earnings given the amount of equity it has raised. In most cases, a higher ROE is preferred; however, there are many other factors we must consider prior to making any investment decisions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of Sino-Global Shipping America’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 7.01%. While Sino-Global Shipping America’s peers may have higher ROE, it may also incur higher cost of equity. An undesirable and unsustainable practice would be if returns exceeded cost. However, this is not the case for Sino-Global Shipping America which is encouraging. ROE can be split up into three useful ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

NasdaqCM:SINO Last Perf May 25th 18

Essentially, profit margin shows how much money the company makes after paying for all its expenses. The other component, asset turnover, illustrates how much revenue Sino-Global Shipping America can make from its asset base. Finally, financial leverage will be our main focus today. It shows how much of assets are funded by equity and can show how sustainable the company’s capital structure is. Since ROE can be artificially increased through excessive borrowing, we should check Sino-Global Shipping America’s historic debt-to-equity ratio. Currently, Sino-Global Shipping America has no debt which means its returns are driven purely by equity capital. This could explain why Sino-Global Shipping America’s’ ROE is lower than its industry peers, most of which may have some degree of debt in its business.

NasdaqCM:SINO Historical Debt May 25th 18

Next Steps:

While ROE is a relatively simple calculation, it can be broken down into different ratios, each telling a different story about the strengths and weaknesses of a company. Even though Sino-Global Shipping America returned below the industry average, its ROE comes in excess of its cost of equity. Also, ROE is not likely to be inflated by excessive debt funding, giving shareholders more conviction in the sustainability of returns, which has headroom to increase further. ROE is a helpful signal, but it is definitely not sufficient on its own to make an investment decision.

For Sino-Global Shipping America, I’ve put together three important aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Future Earnings: How does Sino-Global Shipping America’s growth rate compare to its peers and the wider market? Dig deeper into the analyst consensus number for the upcoming years by interacting with our free analyst growth expectation chart.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Sino-Global Shipping America? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.