Is Weakness In Viomi Technology Co., Ltd (NASDAQ:VIOT) Stock A Sign That The Market Could be Wrong Given Its Strong Financial Prospects?

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With its stock down 28% over the past three months, it is easy to disregard Viomi Technology (NASDAQ:VIOT). However, stock prices are usually driven by a company’s financial performance over the long term, which in this case looks quite promising. Particularly, we will be paying attention to Viomi Technology’s ROE today.

ROE or return on equity is a useful tool to assess how effectively a company can generate returns on the investment it received from its shareholders. Put another way, it reveals the company’s success at turning shareholder investments into profits.

See our latest analysis for Viomi Technology

How Is ROE Calculated?

The formula for ROE is:

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

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for Viomi Technology is:

15% = CN¥242m ÷ CN¥1.7b (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

The ‘return’ is the profit over the last twelve months. One way to conceptualize this is that for each $1 of shareholders’ capital it has, the company made $0.15 in profit.

Why Is ROE Important For 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 all else is equal, companies that have both a higher return on equity and higher profit retention are usually the ones that have a higher growth rate when compared to companies that don’t have the same features.

Viomi Technology’s Earnings Growth And 15% ROE

To start with, Viomi Technology’s ROE looks acceptable. Yet, the fact that the company’s ROE is lower than the industry average of 19% does temper our expectations. That being the case, the significant five-year 49% net income growth reported by Viomi Technology comes as a pleasant surprise. Therefore, there could be other causes behind this growth. 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. However, not to forget, the company does have a decent ROE to begin with, just that it is lower than the industry average. So this certainly also provides some context to the high earnings growth seen by the company.

As a next step, we compared Viomi Technology’s net income growth with the industry, and pleasingly, we found that the growth seen by the company is higher than the average industry growth of 21%.

past-earnings-growth

Earnings growth is a huge factor in stock valuation. It’s important for an investor to know whether the market has priced in the company’s expected earnings growth (or decline). By doing so, they will have an idea if the stock is headed into clear blue waters or if swampy waters await. What is VIOT worth today? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether VIOT is currently mispriced by the market.

Is Viomi Technology Making Efficient Use Of Its Profits?

Viomi Technology doesn’t pay any dividend currently which essentially means that it has been reinvesting all of its profits into the business. This definitely contributes to the high earnings growth number that we discussed above.

Conclusion

On the whole, we feel that Viomi Technology’s performance has been quite good. In particular, it’s great to see that the company has seen significant growth in its earnings backed by a respectable ROE and a high reinvestment rate. That being so, a study of the latest analyst forecasts show that the company is expected to see a slowdown in its future earnings growth. Are these analysts expectations based on the broad expectations for the industry, or on the company’s fundamentals? Click here to be taken to our analyst’s forecasts page for the company.

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