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Return Trends At Colefax Group (LON:CFX) Aren't Appealing

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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount 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 ran our eye over Colefax Group's (LON:CFX) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.

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 Colefax Group, this is the formula:

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

0.13 = UK£6.7m ÷ (UK£77m - UK£25m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2021).

So, Colefax Group has an ROCE of 13%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Consumer Durables industry average of 11% it's much better.

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AIM:CFX Return on Capital Employed April 22nd 2022

In the above chart we have measured Colefax 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 Colefax Group.

So How Is Colefax Group's ROCE Trending?

While the current returns on capital are decent, they haven't changed much. The company has consistently earned 13% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 91% in that time. 13% is a pretty standard return, and it provides some comfort knowing that Colefax Group has consistently earned this amount. 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.

Our Take On Colefax Group's ROCE

The main thing to remember is that Colefax Group has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 47% 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.

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About AIM:CFX

Colefax Group

Colefax Group PLC, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, trimmings, upholstered furniture, and related products in the United Kingdom, the United States, rest of Europe, and internationally.

Flawless balance sheet with outstanding track record.