Here's What's Concerning About Retech Technology's (ASX:RTE) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 02, 2021
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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. 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Retech Technology (ASX:RTE) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

What is 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 Retech Technology:

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

0.14 = CN¥52m ÷ (CN¥578m - CN¥216m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Retech Technology has an ROCE of 14%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Consumer Services industry average of 10% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for Retech Technology

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ASX:RTE Return on Capital Employed September 3rd 2021

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Retech Technology, check out these free graphs here.

How Are Returns Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Retech Technology doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 28% over the last four years. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Retech Technology's current liabilities have increased over the last four years to 37% of total assets, effectively distorting the ROCE to some degree. If current liabilities hadn't increased as much as they did, the ROCE could actually be even lower. While the ratio isn't currently too high, it's worth keeping an eye on this because if it gets particularly high, the business could then face some new elements of risk.

The Bottom Line

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Retech Technology. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 32% in the last three years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Retech Technology (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant) .

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