# Could The Market Be Wrong About Tianli International Holdings Limited (HKG:1773) Given Its Attractive Financial Prospects?

Simply Wall St · 08/30 22:46

Tianli International Holdings (HKG:1773) has had a rough three months with its share price down 16%. But if you pay close attention, you might gather that its strong financials could mean that the stock could potentially see an increase in value in the long-term, given how markets usually reward companies with good financial health. Specifically, we decided to study Tianli International Holdings' ROE in this article.

Return on Equity or ROE is a test of how effectively a company is growing its value and managing investors’ money. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

View our latest analysis for Tianli International Holdings

## How Do You 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 Tianli International Holdings is:

19% = CN¥444m ÷ CN¥2.3b (Based on the trailing twelve months to February 2024).

The 'return' is the amount earned after tax over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each HK\$1 of shareholders' capital it has, the company made HK\$0.19 in profit.

## What Is The Relationship Between ROE And Earnings Growth?

So far, we've learned that ROE is a measure of a company's profitability. We now need to evaluate how much profit the company reinvests or "retains" for future growth which then gives us an idea about the growth potential of the company. 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.

## A Side By Side comparison of Tianli International Holdings' Earnings Growth And 19% ROE

At first glance, Tianli International Holdings seems to have a decent ROE. Especially when compared to the industry average of 15% the company's ROE looks pretty impressive. Probably as a result of this, Tianli International Holdings was able to see a decent growth of 6.1% over the last five years.

As a next step, we compared Tianli International Holdings' 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 6.8% in the same period.

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. What investors need to determine next is if the expected earnings growth, or the lack of it, is already built into the share price. This then helps them determine if the stock is placed for a bright or bleak future. If you're wondering about Tianli International Holdings''s valuation, check out this gauge of its price-to-earnings ratio, as compared to its industry.

## Is Tianli International Holdings Using Its Retained Earnings Effectively?

Tianli International Holdings has a healthy combination of a moderate three-year median payout ratio of 30% (or a retention ratio of 70%) and a respectable amount of growth in earnings as we saw above, meaning that the company has been making efficient use of its profits.

Moreover, Tianli International Holdings is determined to keep sharing its profits with shareholders which we infer from its long history of five years of paying a dividend.

## Summary

In total, we are pretty happy with Tianli International Holdings' performance. Specifically, we like that the company is reinvesting a huge chunk of its profits at a high rate of return. This of course has caused the company to see substantial growth in its earnings. Having said that, looking at the current analyst estimates, we found that the company's earnings are expected to gain momentum. To know more about the latest analysts predictions for the company, check out this visualization of analyst forecasts for the company.