Alpha Networks’ (TPE:3380) stock is up by a considerable 28% over the past three months. However, we decided to pay attention to the company’s fundamentals which don’t appear to give a clear sign about the company’s financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Alpha Networks’ ROE in this article.
Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.
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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 Alpha Networks is:
3.8% = NT$469m ÷ NT$12b (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
The ‘return’ is the income the business earned over the last year. So, this means that for every NT$1 of its shareholder’s investments, the company generates a profit of NT$0.04.
Why Is ROE Important For Earnings Growth?
So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. Depending on how much of these profits the company reinvests or “retains”, and how effectively it does so, we are then able to assess a company’s earnings growth potential. 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.
Alpha Networks’ Earnings Growth And 3.8% ROE
At first glance, Alpha Networks’ ROE doesn’t look very promising. We then compared the company’s ROE to the broader industry and were disappointed to see that the ROE is lower than the industry average of 10.0%. However, the moderate 8.6% net income growth seen by Alpha Networks over the past five years is definitely a positive. We reckon that there could be other factors at play here. For example, it is possible that the company’s management has made some good strategic decisions, or that the company has a low payout ratio.
Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that Alpha Networks’ growth is quite high when compared to the industry average growth of 1.5% in the same period, which is great to see.
Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. Doing so will help them establish if the stock’s future looks promising or ominous. If you’re wondering about Alpha Networks”s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.
Is Alpha Networks Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?
The high three-year median payout ratio of 99% (or a retention ratio of 1.0%) for Alpha Networks suggests that the company’s growth wasn’t really hampered despite it returning most of its income to its shareholders.
Moreover, Alpha Networks is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of paying a dividend for at least ten years.
On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Alpha Networks can be open to many interpretations. Although the company has shown a pretty impressive growth in earnings, yet the low ROE and the low rate of reinvestment makes us skeptical about the continuity of that growth, especially when or if the business comes to face any threats. Up till now, we’ve only made a short study of the company’s growth data. To gain further insights into Alpha Networks’ past profit growth, check out this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.
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