Investors Will Want SciDev's (ASX:SDV) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 03, 2022
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at SciDev (ASX:SDV) 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 SciDev:

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

0.027 = AU$1.1m ÷ (AU$56m - AU$16m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, SciDev has an ROCE of 2.7%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 5.4%.

Check out our latest analysis for SciDev

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ASX:SDV Return on Capital Employed February 3rd 2022

In the above chart we have measured SciDev's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

SciDev has recently broken into profitability so their prior investments seem to be paying off. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 2.7% which is a sight for sore eyes. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, SciDev is utilizing 1,996% more capital than it was five years ago. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.

In Conclusion...

Overall, SciDev gets a big tick from us thanks in most part to the fact that it is now profitable and is reinvesting in its business. Since the stock has returned a staggering 137% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with SciDev (including 1 which can't be ignored) .

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