- United Kingdom
- Trade Distributors
Yellow Cake (LON:YCA) Is Experiencing Growth In Returns On Capital
To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Yellow Cake's (LON:YCA) returns on capital, so let's have a look.
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 Yellow Cake:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.11 = US$103m ÷ (US$922m - US$1.5m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
So, Yellow Cake has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Trade Distributors industry average of 12%.
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In the above chart we have measured Yellow Cake's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
So How Is Yellow Cake's ROCE Trending?
We're delighted to see that Yellow Cake is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. About three years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 11% on its capital. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 261% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.
The Key Takeaway
To the delight of most shareholders, Yellow Cake has now broken into profitability. And a remarkable 118% total return over the last three years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Yellow Cake can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.
One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Yellow Cake that you might find interesting.
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