Lordos United Plastics (CSE:LPL) Shareholders Will Want The ROCE Trajectory To Continue

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 23, 2021
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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? 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So on that note, Lordos United Plastics (CSE:LPL) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

What is 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 Lordos United Plastics is:

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

0.025 = €648k ÷ (€38m - €12m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Thus, Lordos United Plastics has an ROCE of 2.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 11%.

See our latest analysis for Lordos United Plastics

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CSE:LPL Return on Capital Employed August 24th 2021

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 Lordos United Plastics' past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

Lordos United Plastics has broken into the black (profitability) and we're sure it's a sight for sore eyes. While the business was unprofitable in the past, it's now turned things around and is earning 2.5% on its capital. While returns have increased, the amount of capital employed by Lordos United Plastics has remained flat over the period. With no noticeable increase in capital employed, it's worth knowing what the company plans on doing going forward in regards to reinvesting and growing the business. Because in the end, a business can only get so efficient.

The Bottom Line

To sum it up, Lordos United Plastics is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 16% in the last five years. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

If you want to know some of the risks facing Lordos United Plastics we've found 3 warning signs (2 are significant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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