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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So when we looked at Yantai North Andre Juice (HKG:2218) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?
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. To calculate this metric for Yantai North Andre Juice, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.076 = CN¥167m ÷ (CN¥2.3b - CN¥145m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
Therefore, Yantai North Andre Juice has an ROCE of 7.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Food industry average of 13%.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Yantai North Andre Juice's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating Yantai North Andre Juice's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
How Are Returns Trending?
We're glad to see that ROCE is heading in the right direction, even if it is still low at the moment. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 7.6%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 41% more capital is being employed now too. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Yantai North Andre Juice thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.
In another part of our analysis, we noticed that the company's ratio of current liabilities to total assets decreased to 6.2%, which broadly means the business is relying less on its suppliers or short-term creditors to fund its operations. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business' fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company's books.
Our Take On Yantai North Andre Juice's ROCE
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Yantai North Andre Juice has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.
Yantai North Andre Juice does have some risks though, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Yantai North Andre Juice that you might be interested in.
While Yantai North Andre Juice 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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