Returns At Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca (SNSE:CAMANCHACA) Are On The Way Up

Simply Wall St
May 07, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca (SNSE:CAMANCHACA) so let's look a bit deeper.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca is:

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

0.019 = US$12m ÷ (US$827m - US$179m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca has an ROCE of 1.9%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Food industry average of 6.7%.

See our latest analysis for Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca

SNSE:CAMANCHACA Return on Capital Employed May 7th 2022

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

We're delighted to see that Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. About five years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 1.9% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca is utilizing 29% more capital than it was five years ago. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.

The Key Takeaway

Overall, Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca gets a big tick from us thanks in most part to the fact that it is now profitable and is reinvesting in its business. Since the stock has only returned 4.3% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. So exploring more about this stock could uncover a good opportunity, if the valuation and other metrics stack up.

One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca (including 2 which make us uncomfortable) .

While Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca 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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