What Should You Know About Hengan International Group Company Limited’s (HKG:1044) Capital Returns?

This article is intended for those of you who are at the beginning of your investing journey and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in Hengan International Group Company Limited (HKG:1044).

If you purchase a 1044 share you are effectively becoming a partner with many other shareholders. Owing to this, it is important that the underlying business is producing a sufficient amount of income from the capital invested by stockholders. Your return is tied to 1044’s ability to do this because the amount earned is used to invest in opportunities to grow the business or payout dividends, which are the two sources of return on investment. To understand Hengan International Group’s capital returns we will look at a useful metric called return on capital employed. This will tell us if the company is growing your capital and placing you in good stead to sell your shares at a profit.

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ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

When you choose to invest in a company, there is an opportunity cost because that money could’ve been invested elsewhere. The cost of missing out on another opportunity comes in the form of the potential long term gain you could’ve received, which is dependent on the gap between the return on capital you could’ve achieved and that of the company you invested in. Hence, capital returns are very important, and should be examined before you invest in conjunction with a certain benchmark that represents the minimum return you require to be compensated for the risk of missing out on other potentially lucrative investments. To determine Hengan International Group’s capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). 1044’s ROCE is calculated below:

ROCE Calculation for 1044

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = CN¥4.9b ÷ (CN¥38b – CN¥18b) = 23%

As you can see, 1044 earned HK$23.2 from every HK$100 you invested over the previous twelve months. Comparing this to a healthy 15% benchmark shows Hengan International Group is currently able to return a strong amount to owners for the use of their capital, which is a good sign for those who believe this will continue and the company’s management will find good uses for the earnings they create.

SEHK:1044 Last Perf November 20th 18
SEHK:1044 Last Perf November 20th 18

Can any of this change?

Although Hengan International Group is in a favourable position, you should know that this could change if the company is unable to maintain a strong ROCE above the benchmark, which will depend on the behaviour of the underlying variables (EBT and capital employed). So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. If you go back three years, you’ll find that 1044’s ROCE has increased from 22%. We can see that earnings have increased from CN¥4.3b to CN¥4.9b whilst capital employed improved as well albeit by a relatively smaller amount, signifying ROCE increased as a result of a greater surge in earnings compared to the business’ use of capital.

Next Steps

ROCE for 1044 investors has grown in the last few years and is currently at a level that makes the company an attractive candidate that is capable of producing solid capital returns, and hence, an attractive return on investment. This makes the company an attractive place to put your money, but ROCE does not tell the whole picture so you need to pay attention to other fundamentals like future prospects and valuation. It’s important to account for these factors because you cannot be sure if this trend will continue or if you are getting a good deal for the future returns you are paying for. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 1044’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1044’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 1044 worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even if its ROCE is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 1044 is currently mispriced by the market.
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