Billion Industrial Holdings' (HKG:2299) Returns On Capital Are Heading Higher

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 20, 2022
SEHK:2299
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So when we looked at Billion Industrial Holdings (HKG:2299) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Billion Industrial Holdings, this is the formula:

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

0.20 = CN¥1.8b ÷ (CN¥21b - CN¥12b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Billion Industrial Holdings has an ROCE of 20%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Luxury industry average of 7.6% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for Billion Industrial Holdings

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SEHK:2299 Return on Capital Employed January 20th 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 Billion Industrial Holdings has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

Billion Industrial Holdings is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 20%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 70%. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Billion Industrial Holdings thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.

For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 56% of its operations, which isn't ideal. And with current liabilities at those levels, that's pretty high.

In Conclusion...

To sum it up, Billion Industrial Holdings has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. And given the stock has remained rather flat over the last five years, there might be an opportunity here if other metrics are strong. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

While Billion Industrial Holdings looks impressive, no company is worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 2299 is currently trading for a fair price.

While Billion Industrial Holdings 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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