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Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD) May Have Issues Allocating Its Capital

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. However, after investigating Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Gem Diamonds:

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

0.14 = US$48m ÷ (US$385m - US$30m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Gem Diamonds has an ROCE of 14%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Metals and Mining industry average of 15%.

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LSE:GEMD Return on Capital Employed June 24th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Gem Diamonds' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Gem Diamonds here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Gem Diamonds' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 17%, but since then they've fallen to 14%. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

In Conclusion...

In summary, Gem Diamonds is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. Since the stock has declined 46% over the last five years, investors may not be too optimistic on this trend improving either. Therefore based on the analysis done in this article, we don't think Gem Diamonds has the makings of a multi-bagger.

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