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1 Simple Number To Understand 3 Important Areas Of Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd

Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd (SGX: D01) is a conglomerate with four main business segments: Food, Health and Beauty, Home Furnishings, and Restaurants. In Singapore, Dairy Farm is the owner of stores such as GuardianCold StorageGiant Hypermarket, and 7-Eleven.

In this article, I want to dig deep into Dairy Farm’ return on equity, or ROE.

The choice of ROE

Why the ROE some of you might be asking? That’s because the financial metric gives investors important insights on a company’s ability to generate a profit using the shareholders’ capital it has.

A ROE of 20% means that a company generates $0.20 in profit for every dollar of shareholders’ capital invested. In general, the higher the ROE, the more profitable a company is. A high ROE can also be a sign that a company has a high quality business.

That being said, it’s worth noting that the use of high leverage – which increases the financial risk faced by a company – can also increase a company’s ROE. So, that’s something to observe.

Calculating ROE

ROE can be commonly calculated using the following formula:

ROE = Net Profit / Shareholder’s Equity

But, ROE can also be calculated using a different approach as shown below:

ROE = Asset Turnover x Net Profit Margin x Leverage Ratio

Doing so will reveal three important aspects about a company: how well it is managing its assets, how efficient it is at turning revenue into profit, and how much financial risk it could be taking on. For more information about this formula for ROE, you can check out the link here.

With that, let’s turn our attention to the ROE of Dairy Farm.

The actual numbers

The asset turnover measures the efficiency of a company in using its assets to generate revenue. It is calculated by dividing a company’s total revenue by its assets.

For Dairy Farm, it had total revenue of S$11.3 billion and total assets of S$ 5.5 billion for its fiscal year ended 31 December 2017 (FY2017). This gives an asset turnover of 2.05.

The net profit margin measures the percentage of revenue that is left as a profit after deduction of all expenses. In FY2017, Dairy Farm had a net profit margin of 3.5%, given its net profit of S$392.0 million and revenue of S$11.3 billion.

Lastly, we have the leverage ratio, which shows the relationship of a company’s total assets to its equity. It is calculated by dividing total assets by equity. A higher ratio means that a company is funding its assets with more liabilities, hence resulting in higher risk. In FY2017, Dairy Farm had total assets and total equity of S$5.5 billion and S$1.8 billion respectively. This gives a leverage ratio of 3.06.

When we put all the numbers together, we arrive at a ROE of 22%.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Lawrence Nga doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned. Motley Fool has a recommendation for Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd.