We Like These Underlying Return On Capital Trends At Cerrado Gold (CVE:CERT)

August 08, 2022
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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. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Cerrado Gold (CVE:CERT) so let's look a bit deeper.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

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 Cerrado Gold:

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

0.18 = US$14m รท (US$138m - US$61m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

Therefore, Cerrado Gold has an ROCE of 18%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Metals and Mining industry average of 2.6% it's much better.

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TSXV:CERT Return on Capital Employed August 8th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Cerrado Gold 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 Cerrado Gold here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

We're delighted to see that Cerrado Gold is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. The company was generating losses four years ago, but now it's earning 18% which is a sight for sore eyes. In addition to that, Cerrado Gold is employing 1,764% more capital than previously which is expected of a company that's trying to break into profitability. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.

On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 44% of its operations, which isn't ideal. And with current liabilities at those levels, that's pretty high.

The Bottom Line On Cerrado Gold's ROCE

Long story short, we're delighted to see that Cerrado Gold's reinvestment activities have paid off and the company is now profitable. Since the stock has returned a solid 11% to shareholders over the last year, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

Like most companies, Cerrado Gold does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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