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Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials (HKG:2116) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount 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. In light of that, when we looked at Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials (HKG:2116) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Understanding 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 Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials is:

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

0.033 = CN¥9.9m ÷ (CN¥329m - CN¥31m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

Therefore, Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials has an ROCE of 3.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 12%.

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SEHK:2116 Return on Capital Employed September 25th 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 Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials 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

In terms of Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 33% over the last five years. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 9.5% 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. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

Our Take On Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials' ROCE

While returns have fallen for Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. However, despite the promising trends, the stock has fallen 35% over the last three years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials (1 is a bit unpleasant) you should be aware of.

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About SEHK:2116

Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials

Jiangsu Innovative Ecological New Materials Limited develops, manufactures, and markets oil refining agents and fuel additives in the People’s Republic of China and Sudan.

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