# Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co., Ltd. (HKG:6826) Stock Is Going Strong But Fundamentals Look Uncertain: What Lies Ahead ?

Simply Wall St · 08/30 22:40

Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology (HKG:6826) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 8.4% over the last month. But the company's key financial indicators appear to be differing across the board and that makes us question whether or not the company's current share price momentum can be maintained. Specifically, we decided to study Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology's 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. Simply put, it is used to assess the profitability of a company in relation to its equity capital.

Check out our latest analysis for Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology

## How Do You Calculate Return On Equity?

The formula for ROE is:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology is:

6.9% = CN¥420m ÷ CN¥6.1b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' is the yearly profit. That means that for every HK\$1 worth of shareholders' equity, the company generated HK\$0.07 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And 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.

## A Side By Side comparison of Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology's Earnings Growth And 6.9% ROE

When you first look at it, Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology's ROE doesn't look that attractive. Next, when compared to the average industry ROE of 12%, the company's ROE leaves us feeling even less enthusiastic. Therefore, Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology's flat earnings over the past five years can possibly be explained by the low ROE amongst other factors.

Next, on comparing with the industry net income growth, we found that the industry grew its earnings by 32% over the last few years.

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. If you're wondering about Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology's's valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Despite having a normal three-year median payout ratio of 49% (implying that the company keeps 51% of its income) over the last three years, Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology has seen a negligible amount of growth in earnings as we saw above. So there could be some other explanation in that regard. For instance, the company's business may be deteriorating.

Additionally, Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology has paid dividends over a period of eight years, which means that the company's management is determined to pay dividends even if it means little to no earnings growth.

## Summary

On the whole, we feel that the performance shown by Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology can be open to many interpretations. While the company does have a high rate of profit retention, its low rate of return is probably hampering its earnings growth. That being so, the latest industry analyst forecasts show that the analysts are expecting to see a huge improvement in the company's earnings growth rate. 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.