Techtronic Industries (HKG:669) Might Have The Makings Of A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 01, 2021
SEHK:669
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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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Techtronic Industries (HKG:669) so let's look a bit deeper.

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. The formula for this calculation on Techtronic Industries is:

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

0.19 = US$1.1b ÷ (US$12b - US$6.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Techtronic Industries has an ROCE of 19%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Machinery industry average of 10.0% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for Techtronic Industries

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SEHK:669 Return on Capital Employed November 1st 2021

In the above chart we have measured Techtronic Industries' 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.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Investors would be pleased with what's happening at Techtronic Industries. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 19%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 98%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Techtronic Industries has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 54%, which we'd consider pretty high. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

Our Take On Techtronic Industries' ROCE

To sum it up, Techtronic Industries has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. And a remarkable 479% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Techtronic Industries can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for Techtronic Industries (1 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

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