Investors Could Be Concerned With Ruifeng Power Group's (HKG:2025) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
SEHK:2025
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Ruifeng Power Group (HKG:2025) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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

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 Ruifeng Power Group:

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

0.047 = CN¥48m ÷ (CN¥1.5b - CN¥489m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Ruifeng Power Group has an ROCE of 4.7%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 5.7% average generated by the Auto Components industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Ruifeng Power Group

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SEHK:2025 Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Ruifeng Power Group, check out these free graphs here.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Ruifeng Power Group's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.7% from 18% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

In Conclusion...

While returns have fallen for Ruifeng Power Group in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. However, despite the promising trends, the stock has fallen 17% over the last three years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

If you'd like to know more about Ruifeng Power Group, we've spotted 2 warning signs, and 1 of them is concerning.

While Ruifeng Power Group may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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