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SalfaCorp (SNSE:SALFACORP) Shareholders Will Want The ROCE Trajectory To Continue

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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? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in SalfaCorp's (SNSE:SALFACORP) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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 SalfaCorp:

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

0.067 = CL$49b ÷ (CL$1.3t - CL$551b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

Therefore, SalfaCorp has an ROCE of 6.7%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 6.7%, it's still a low return by itself.

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SNSE:SALFACORP Return on Capital Employed November 3rd 2022

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'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering SalfaCorp here for free.

What Can We Tell From SalfaCorp's ROCE Trend?

We're glad to see that ROCE is heading in the right direction, even if it is still low at the moment. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 6.7%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 27%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

On a side note, SalfaCorp's current liabilities are still rather high at 43% of total assets. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

The Bottom Line On SalfaCorp's ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that SalfaCorp 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. However the stock is down a substantial 72% in the last five years so there could be other areas of the business hurting its prospects. Still, it's worth doing some further research to see if the trends will continue into the future.

One more thing, we've spotted 3 warning signs facing SalfaCorp that you might find interesting.

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