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Investors Will Want Scandinavian Tobacco Group's (CPH:STG) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So when we looked at Scandinavian Tobacco Group (CPH:STG) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Scandinavian Tobacco Group is:

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

0.13 = kr.1.8b ÷ (kr.16b - kr.1.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).

So, Scandinavian Tobacco Group has an ROCE of 13%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 14% generated by the Tobacco industry.

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CPSE:STG Return on Capital Employed February 2nd 2023

In the above chart we have measured Scandinavian Tobacco Group's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

The Trend Of ROCE

Scandinavian Tobacco Group is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 55% in that same time. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company's efficiencies. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

The Bottom Line

As discussed above, Scandinavian Tobacco Group appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 41% return over the last five years. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Scandinavian Tobacco Group can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for Scandinavian Tobacco Group (1 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

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