Firan Technology Group (TSE:FTG) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 03, 2021
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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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after investigating Firan Technology Group (TSE:FTG), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

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. To calculate this metric for Firan Technology Group, this is the formula:

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

0.047 = CA$3.0m ÷ (CA$80m - CA$16m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Firan Technology Group has an ROCE of 4.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electronic industry average of 10.0%.

See our latest analysis for Firan Technology Group

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TSX:FTG Return on Capital Employed December 4th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Firan Technology Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

So How Is Firan Technology Group's ROCE Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Firan Technology Group doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.7% from 24% five years ago. Given the business is employing more capital while revenue has slipped, this is a bit concerning. This could mean that the business is losing its competitive advantage or market share, because while more money is being put into ventures, it's actually producing a lower return - "less bang for their buck" per se.

On a related note, Firan Technology Group has decreased its current liabilities to 20% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Bottom Line

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by Firan Technology Group's diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. Investors haven't taken kindly to these developments, since the stock has declined 27% from where it was five years ago. That being the case, unless the underlying trends revert to a more positive trajectory, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

If you'd like to know about the risks facing Firan Technology Group, we've discovered 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

While Firan Technology Group may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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