Jacquet Metals (EPA:JCQ) Might Have The Makings Of A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 19, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, 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. So on that note, Jacquet Metals (EPA:JCQ) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. To calculate this metric for Jacquet Metals, this is the formula:

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

0.046 = €49m ÷ (€1.3b - €221m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

So, Jacquet Metals has an ROCE of 4.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Trade Distributors industry average of 11%.

See our latest analysis for Jacquet Metals

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ENXTPA:JCQ Return on Capital Employed May 20th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Jacquet Metals compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Jacquet Metals here for free.

What Can We Tell From Jacquet Metals' ROCE Trend?

Even though ROCE is still low in absolute terms, it's good to see it's heading in the right direction. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 4.6%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 38%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

The Bottom Line On Jacquet Metals' ROCE

All in all, it's terrific to see that Jacquet Metals is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 91% return over the last five years. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

One more thing to note, we've identified 3 warning signs with Jacquet Metals and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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