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SalfaCorp (SNSE:SALFACORP) Has More To Do To Multiply In Value Going Forward

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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. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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. Having said that, from a first glance at SalfaCorp (SNSE:SALFACORP) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper 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 SalfaCorp, this is the formula:

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

0.052 = CL$37b ÷ (CL$1.2t - CL$513b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, SalfaCorp has an ROCE of 5.2%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 5.2%, it's still a low return by itself.

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SNSE:SALFACORP Return on Capital Employed May 28th 2022

In the above chart we have measured SalfaCorp's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering SalfaCorp here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

There are better returns on capital out there than what we're seeing at SalfaCorp. The company has consistently earned 5.2% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 33% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

On a side note, SalfaCorp's current liabilities are still rather high at 42% 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.

What We Can Learn From SalfaCorp's ROCE

In summary, SalfaCorp has simply been reinvesting capital and generating the same low rate of return as before. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 57% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with SalfaCorp (at least 1 which is concerning) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

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