Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. With that in mind, the ROCE of Fourace Industries Group Holdings (HKG:1455) looks great, so lets see what the trend can tell us.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
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. The formula for this calculation on Fourace Industries Group Holdings is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.21 = HK$76m ÷ (HK$427m - HK$75m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).
So, Fourace Industries Group Holdings has an ROCE of 21%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Personal Products industry average of 11%.
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 Fourace Industries Group Holdings has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
The Trend Of ROCE
Fourace Industries Group Holdings is displaying some positive trends. Over the last three years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 21%. 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 64%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
In summary, it's great to see that Fourace Industries Group Holdings can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Since the stock has returned a solid 17% to shareholders over the last year, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Fourace Industries Group Holdings can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.
Fourace Industries Group Holdings does have some risks, we noticed 4 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about.
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