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With An ROE Of 6.50%, Can Mewah International Inc (SGX:MV4) Catch Up To The Industry?

Declan Brown

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and want a simplistic look at the return on Mewah International Inc (SGX:MV4) stock.

Mewah International Inc (SGX:MV4) delivered a less impressive 6.50% ROE over the past year, compared to the 7.24% return generated by its industry. Though MV4’s recent performance is underwhelming, it is useful to understand what ROE is made up of and how it should be interpreted. Knowing these components can change your views on MV4’s below-average returns. I will take you through how metrics such as financial leverage impact ROE which may affect the overall sustainability of MV4’s returns. See our latest analysis for Mewah International

Peeling the layers of ROE – trisecting a company’s profitability

Return on Equity (ROE) is a measure of Mewah International’s profit relative to its shareholders’ equity. It essentially shows how much the company can generate in earnings given the amount of equity it has raised. While a higher ROE is preferred in most cases, there are several other factors we should consider before drawing any conclusions.

Return on Equity = Net Profit ÷ Shareholders Equity

ROE is measured against cost of equity in order to determine the efficiency of Mewah International’s equity capital deployed. Its cost of equity is 8.51%. This means Mewah International’s returns actually do not cover its own cost of equity, with a discrepancy of -2.01%. This isn’t sustainable as it implies, very simply, that the company pays more for its capital than what it generates in return. ROE can be dissected into three distinct ratios: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. This is called the Dupont Formula:

Dupont Formula

ROE = profit margin × asset turnover × financial leverage

ROE = (annual net profit ÷ sales) × (sales ÷ assets) × (assets ÷ shareholders’ equity)

ROE = annual net profit ÷ shareholders’ equity

SGX:MV4 Last Perf June 26th 18

The first component is profit margin, which measures how much of sales is retained after the company pays for all its expenses. Asset turnover reveals how much revenue can be generated from Mewah International’s asset base. The most interesting ratio, and reflective of sustainability of its ROE, is financial leverage. Since ROE can be inflated by excessive debt, we need to examine Mewah International’s debt-to-equity level. The debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at a sensible 72.06%, meaning the ROE is a result of its capacity to produce profit growth without a huge debt burden.

SGX:MV4 Historical Debt June 26th 18

Next Steps:

ROE is a simple yet informative ratio, illustrating the various components that each measure the quality of the overall stock. Mewah International’s below-industry ROE is disappointing, furthermore, its returns were not even high enough to cover its own cost of equity. Although, its appropriate level of leverage means investors can be more confident in the sustainability of Mewah International’s return with a possible increase should the company decide to increase its debt levels. Although ROE can be a useful metric, it is only a small part of diligent research.

For Mewah International, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market’s sentiment for Mewah International’s future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Mewah International? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.