Return Trends At HKScan Oyj (HEL:HKSAV) Aren't Appealing

Simply Wall St
November 30, 2021
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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? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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. Although, when we looked at HKScan Oyj (HEL:HKSAV), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for HKScan Oyj:

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

0.03 = €18m ÷ (€954m - €353m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, HKScan Oyj has an ROCE of 3.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Food industry average of 8.7%.

See our latest analysis for HKScan Oyj

HLSE:HKSAV Return on Capital Employed December 1st 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for HKScan Oyj's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating HKScan Oyj's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Things have been pretty stable at HKScan Oyj, with its capital employed and returns on that capital staying somewhat the same for the last five years. Businesses with these traits tend to be mature and steady operations because they're past the growth phase. So don't be surprised if HKScan Oyj doesn't end up being a multi-bagger in a few years time.

What We Can Learn From HKScan Oyj's ROCE

In summary, HKScan Oyj isn't compounding its earnings but is generating stable returns on the same amount of capital employed. And investors appear hesitant that the trends will pick up because the stock has fallen 42% in the last five years. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for HKScan Oyj (1 is significant) you should be aware of.

While HKScan Oyj isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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