MBV International (HKG:1957) Will Be Hoping To Turn Its Returns On Capital Around

October 25, 2021
  •  Updated
February 15, 2022
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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? 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. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think MBV International (HKG:1957) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for MBV International, this is the formula:

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

0.073 = RM11m ÷ (RM162m - RM7.3m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, MBV International has an ROCE of 7.3%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 6.7%, it's still a low return by itself.

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SEHK:1957 Return on Capital Employed October 25th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for MBV International's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating MBV International's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For MBV International Tell Us?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at MBV International doesn't inspire confidence. Around four years ago the returns on capital were 25%, but since then they've fallen to 7.3%. Given the business is employing more capital while revenue has slipped, this is a bit concerning. This could mean that the business is losing its competitive advantage or market share, because while more money is being put into ventures, it's actually producing a lower return - "less bang for their buck" per se.

On a related note, MBV International has decreased its current liabilities to 4.5% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Bottom Line

We're a bit apprehensive about MBV International because despite more capital being deployed in the business, returns on that capital and sales have both fallen. Yet despite these poor fundamentals, the stock has gained a huge 110% over the last year, so investors appear very optimistic. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

MBV International does have some risks, we noticed 3 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

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