Irani Papel e Embalagem (BVMF:RANI3) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 21, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Irani Papel e Embalagem's (BVMF:RANI3) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. The formula for this calculation on Irani Papel e Embalagem is:

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

0.19 = R$387m ÷ (R$2.4b - R$345m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Irani Papel e Embalagem has an ROCE of 19%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 15% generated by the Forestry industry.

See our latest analysis for Irani Papel e Embalagem

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BOVESPA:RANI3 Return on Capital Employed March 21st 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Irani Papel e Embalagem 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 Irani Papel e Embalagem.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Investors would be pleased with what's happening at Irani Papel e Embalagem. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 19%. 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 178%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

On a related note, the company's ratio of current liabilities to total assets has decreased to 15%, which basically reduces it's funding from the likes of short-term creditors or suppliers. 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 Bottom Line On Irani Papel e Embalagem's ROCE

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 Irani Papel e Embalagem has. Since the stock has returned a staggering 167% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

Irani Papel e Embalagem does have some risks, we noticed 3 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

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