Kingbo Strike (HKG:1421) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
SEHK:1421
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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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Although, when we looked at Kingbo Strike (HKG:1421), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

What is 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Kingbo Strike:

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

0.026 = HK$9.8m ÷ (HK$417m - HK$47m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, Kingbo Strike has an ROCE of 2.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Electrical industry average of 8.7%.

See our latest analysis for Kingbo Strike

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SEHK:1421 Return on Capital Employed August 18th 2021

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'd like to look at how Kingbo Strike has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

So How Is Kingbo Strike's ROCE Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Kingbo Strike, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 2.6% from 9.7% 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. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

The Bottom Line On Kingbo Strike's ROCE

While returns have fallen for Kingbo Strike in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. But since the stock has dived 81% in the last five years, there could be other drivers that are influencing the business' outlook. Regardless, reinvestment can pay off in the long run, so we think astute investors may want to look further into this stock.

One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Kingbo Strike (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant) .

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