Investors Could Be Concerned With BHCC Holding's (HKG:1552) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 20, 2021
SEHK:1552
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at BHCC Holding (HKG:1552) 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?

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 BHCC Holding is:

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

0.012 = S$757k ÷ (S$104m - S$42m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, BHCC Holding has an ROCE of 1.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Construction industry average of 8.2%.

Check out our latest analysis for BHCC Holding

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SEHK:1552 Return on Capital Employed November 21st 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for BHCC Holding's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how BHCC Holding has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

When we looked at the ROCE trend at BHCC Holding, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 41% over the last five years. 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.

On a side note, BHCC Holding has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 40% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money. Either way, they're still at a pretty high level, so we'd like to see them fall further if possible.

The Bottom Line

While returns have fallen for BHCC Holding in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 51% in the last three years. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for BHCC Holding (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you should know about.

While BHCC Holding 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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