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Has SalfaCorp (SNSE:SALFACORP) Got What It Takes To Become A Multi-Bagger?

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after investigating SalfaCorp (SNSE:SALFACORP), 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 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 SalfaCorp is:

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

0.022 = CL$16b ÷ (CL$1.0t - CL$327b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

So, SalfaCorp has an ROCE of 2.2%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Construction industry average of 3.8%.

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SNSE:SALFACORP Return on Capital Employed February 4th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for SalfaCorp 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.

What Can We Tell From SalfaCorp's ROCE Trend?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at SalfaCorp doesn't inspire confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 10%, but since then they've fallen to 2.2%. Given the business is employing more capital while revenue has slipped, this is a bit concerning. If this were to continue, you might be looking at a company that is trying to reinvest for growth but is actually losing market share since sales haven't increased.

On a side note, SalfaCorp has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 31% 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

From the above analysis, we find it rather worrisome that returns on capital and sales for SalfaCorp have fallen, meanwhile the business is employing more capital than it was five years ago. But investors must be expecting an improvement of sorts because over the last five yearsthe stock has delivered a respectable 71% return. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

SalfaCorp does have some risks, we noticed 4 warning signs (and 2 which are concerning) we think you should know about.

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