These Return Metrics Don't Make Matrix Holdings (HKG:1005) Look Too Strong

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 09, 2021
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To avoid investing in a business that's in decline, there's a few financial metrics that can provide early indications of aging. A business that's potentially in decline often shows two trends, a return on capital employed (ROCE) that's declining, and a base of capital employed that's also declining. Ultimately this means that the company is earning less per dollar invested and on top of that, it's shrinking its base of capital employed. And from a first read, things don't look too good at Matrix Holdings (HKG:1005), so let's see why.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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 Matrix Holdings:

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

0.0051 = HK$6.0m ÷ (HK$1.4b - HK$194m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, Matrix Holdings has an ROCE of 0.5%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Leisure industry average of 7.0%.

View our latest analysis for Matrix Holdings

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SEHK:1005 Return on Capital Employed June 9th 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 Matrix Holdings has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Matrix Holdings' ROCE Trend?

There is reason to be cautious about Matrix Holdings, given the returns are trending downwards. To be more specific, the ROCE was 18% five years ago, but since then it has dropped noticeably. On top of that, it's worth noting that the amount of capital employed within the business has remained relatively steady. This combination can be indicative of a mature business that still has areas to deploy capital, but the returns received aren't as high due potentially to new competition or smaller margins. So because these trends aren't typically conducive to creating a multi-bagger, we wouldn't hold our breath on Matrix Holdings becoming one if things continue as they have.

What We Can Learn From Matrix Holdings' ROCE

All in all, the lower returns from the same amount of capital employed aren't exactly signs of a compounding machine. Despite the concerning underlying trends, the stock has actually gained 1.2% over the last five years, so it might be that the investors are expecting the trends to reverse. Either way, we aren't huge fans of the current trends and so with that we think you might find better investments elsewhere.

One final note, you should learn about the 5 warning signs we've spotted with Matrix Holdings (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant) .

For those who like to invest in solid companies, check out this free list of companies with solid balance sheets and high returns on equity.

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