What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could 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. This shows us that it’s a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So, when we ran our eye over Haitian International Holdings’ (HKG:1882) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.
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 Haitian International Holdings:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.14 = CN¥2.0b ÷ (CN¥21b – CN¥6.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
Therefore, Haitian International Holdings has an ROCE of 14%. On its own, that’s a standard return, however it’s much better than the 8.8% generated by the Machinery industry.
In the above chart we have measured Haitian International Holdings’ prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you’re interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
How Are Returns Trending?
The trend of ROCE doesn’t stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. The company has employed 59% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 14%. Since 14% is a moderate ROCE though, it’s good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.
What We Can Learn From Haitian International Holdings’ ROCE
To sum it up, Haitian International Holdings has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 59% to shareholders over the last five years. So even though the stock might be more “expensive” than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.
Haitian International Holdings could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.
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