There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Griffin Mining's (LON:GFM) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 17, 2021
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Griffin Mining's (LON:GFM) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

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. The formula for this calculation on Griffin Mining is:

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

0.13 = US$34m ÷ (US$305m - US$39m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Griffin Mining has an ROCE of 13%. In isolation, that's a pretty standard return but against the Metals and Mining industry average of 17%, it's not as good.

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AIM:GFM Return on Capital Employed August 18th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Griffin Mining compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

We're delighted to see that Griffin Mining is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 13% which is a sight for sore eyes. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 83% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.

One more thing to note, Griffin Mining has decreased current liabilities to 13% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. This tells us that Griffin Mining has grown its returns without a reliance on increasing their current liabilities, which we're very happy with.

The Key Takeaway

To the delight of most shareholders, Griffin Mining has now broken into profitability. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

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