If you’re not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Firstly, we’d want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. This shows us that it’s a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ (NASDAQ:PANL) returns on capital, so let’s have a look.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?
Just to clarify if you’re unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Pangaea Logistics Solutions, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.066 = US$25m ÷ (US$440m – US$61m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
Thus, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has an ROCE of 6.6%. On its own that’s a low return on capital but it’s in line with the industry’s average returns of 6.8%.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Pangaea Logistics Solutions compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Pangaea Logistics Solutions.
So How Is Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ ROCE Trending?
We’re glad to see that ROCE is heading in the right direction, even if it is still low at the moment. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 6.6%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 62%. So we’re very much inspired by what we’re seeing at Pangaea Logistics Solutions thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.In another part of our analysis, we noticed that the company’s ratio of current liabilities to total assets decreased to 14%, which broadly means the business is relying less on its suppliers or short-term creditors to fund its operations. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business’ fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company’s books.
The Key Takeaway
In summary, it’s great to see that Pangaea Logistics Solutions can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Given the stock has declined 12% in the last five years, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. That being the case, research into the company’s current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.
On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for Pangaea Logistics Solutions (1 is significant) you should be aware of.
While Pangaea Logistics Solutions isn’t earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.
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