If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it’s a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So, when we ran our eye over Troax Group’s (STO:TROAX) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Troax Group:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.16 = €30m ÷ (€221m – €27m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
Thus, Troax Group has an ROCE of 16%. In absolute terms, that’s a pretty normal return, and it’s somewhat close to the Machinery industry average of 15%.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Troax Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’re interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
How Are Returns Trending?
While the current returns on capital are decent, they haven’t changed much. The company has employed 66% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 16%. Since 16% is a moderate ROCE though, it’s good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.
The Key Takeaway
The main thing to remember is that Troax Group has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 487% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So while the positive underlying trends may be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.
Like most companies, Troax Group does come with some risks, and we’ve found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.
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