Return Trends At Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (ETR:HHFA) Aren't Appealing

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 03, 2021
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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. That's why when we briefly looked at Hamburger Hafen und Logistik's (ETR:HHFA) ROCE trend, we were pretty happy with what we saw.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik:

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

0.10 = €239m ÷ (€2.8b - €373m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik has an ROCE of 10%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 8.0% generated by the Infrastructure industry.

See our latest analysis for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik

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XTRA:HHFA Return on Capital Employed September 4th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik.

So How Is Hamburger Hafen und Logistik's ROCE Trending?

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. The company has consistently earned 10% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 52% in that time. Since 10% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.

In Conclusion...

To sum it up, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 56% to shareholders over the last five years. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we still believe the stock deserves further research.

Like most companies, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik does come with some risks, and we've found 4 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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