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We Like Hammond Power Solutions' (TSE:HPS.A) Returns And Here's How They're Trending

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Hammond Power Solutions' (TSE:HPS.A) 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. To calculate this metric for Hammond Power Solutions, this is the formula:

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

0.30 = CA$74m ÷ (CA$423m - CA$173m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

So, Hammond Power Solutions has an ROCE of 30%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Electrical industry average of 14%.

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TSX:HPS.A Return on Capital Employed May 27th 2024

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Hammond Power Solutions compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Hammond Power Solutions for free.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Investors would be pleased with what's happening at Hammond Power Solutions. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 30%. 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 113%. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Hammond Power Solutions thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.

On a side note, Hammond Power Solutions' current liabilities are still rather high at 41% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Bottom Line

In summary, it's great to see that Hammond Power Solutions can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Since the stock has returned a staggering 1,800% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

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