Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At Reliance Worldwide (ASX:RWC)

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 16, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Reliance Worldwide (ASX:RWC) so let's look a bit deeper.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Reliance Worldwide:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.15 = AU$293m ÷ (AU$2.2b - AU$299m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Reliance Worldwide has an ROCE of 15%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 11% generated by the Building industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Reliance Worldwide

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ASX:RWC Return on Capital Employed January 16th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Reliance Worldwide 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 Reliance Worldwide.

So How Is Reliance Worldwide's ROCE Trending?

Reliance Worldwide is displaying some positive trends. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 15%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 448%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

The Bottom Line

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Reliance Worldwide has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Reliance Worldwide you'll probably want to know about.

While Reliance Worldwide may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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