Here's What To Make Of Baoye Group's (HKG:2355) Decelerating Rates Of Return

Simply Wall St
April 12, 2022
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base 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. Having said that, from a first glance at Baoye Group (HKG:2355) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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 Baoye Group:

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

0.09 = CN¥1.1b ÷ (CN¥49b - CN¥36b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Baoye Group has an ROCE of 9.0%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 8.5% average generated by the Construction industry.

See our latest analysis for Baoye Group

SEHK:2355 Return on Capital Employed April 12th 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'd like to look at how Baoye Group has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Baoye Group Tell Us?

There are better returns on capital out there than what we're seeing at Baoye Group. The company has consistently earned 9.0% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 77% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

On a side note, Baoye Group's current liabilities are still rather high at 74% of total assets. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Bottom Line On Baoye Group's ROCE

In summary, Baoye Group has simply been reinvesting capital and generating the same low rate of return as before. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 28% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

Baoye Group could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.

While Baoye 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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