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Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.’s (TWSE:2354) On An Uptrend But Financial Prospects Look Pretty Weak: Is The Stock Overpriced?

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Foxconn Technology (TWSE:2354) has had a great run on the share market with its stock up by a significant 23% over the last three months. However, we decided to pay close attention to its weak financials as we are doubtful that the current momentum will keep up, given the scenario. In this article, we decided to focus on Foxconn Technology’s ROE.

Return on equity or ROE is a key measure used to assess how efficiently a company’s management is utilizing the company’s capital. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder’s equity.

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How To 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 Foxconn Technology is:

4.2% = NT$4.4b ÷ NT$105b (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The ‘return’ refers to a company’s earnings 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.

What Has ROE Got To Do With Earnings Growth?

So far, we’ve learned that ROE is a measure of a company’s profitability. 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. 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.

Foxconn Technology’s Earnings Growth And 4.2% ROE

At first glance, Foxconn Technology’s ROE doesn’t look very promising. A quick further study shows that the company’s ROE doesn’t compare favorably to the industry average of 8.6% either. Therefore, it might not be wrong to say that the five year net income decline of 17% seen by Foxconn Technology was probably the result of it having a lower ROE. However, there could also be other factors causing the earnings to decline. Such as – low earnings retention or poor allocation of capital.

However, when we compared Foxconn Technology’s growth with the industry we found that while the company’s earnings have been shrinking, the industry has seen an earnings growth of 12% in the same period. This is quite worrisome.

TWSE:2354 Past Earnings Growth June 10th 2024

The basis for attaching value to a company is, to a great extent, tied to its earnings growth. The investor should try to establish if the expected growth or decline in earnings, whichever the case may be, is priced in. By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. Is Foxconn Technology fairly valued compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Is Foxconn Technology Efficiently Re-investing Its Profits?

Foxconn Technology has a high three-year median payout ratio of 54% (that is, it is retaining 46% of its profits). This suggests that the company is paying most of its profits as dividends to its shareholders. This goes some way in explaining why its earnings have been shrinking. With only very little left to reinvest into the business, growth in earnings is far from likely. Our risks dashboard should have the 3 risks we have identified for Foxconn Technology.

In addition, Foxconn Technology has been paying dividends over a period of at least ten years suggesting that keeping up dividend payments is way more important to the management even if it comes at the cost of business growth. Our latest analyst data shows that the future payout ratio of the company over the next three years is expected to be approximately 45%. Therefore, the company’s future ROE is also not expected to change by much with analysts predicting an ROE of 3.9%.

Conclusion

In total, we would have a hard think before deciding on any investment action concerning Foxconn Technology. The company has seen a lack of earnings growth as a result of retaining very little profits and whatever little it does retain, is being reinvested at a very low rate of return. So far, we’ve only made a quick discussion around the company’s earnings growth. You can do your own research on Foxconn Technology and see how it has performed in the past by looking at this FREE detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flows.

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