Yusei Holdings (HKG:96) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 16, 2022
SEHK:96
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Yusei Holdings (HKG:96) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

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. The formula for this calculation on Yusei Holdings is:

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

0.093 = CN¥70m ÷ (CN¥1.6b - CN¥811m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Yusei Holdings has an ROCE of 9.3%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 12%.

View our latest analysis for Yusei Holdings

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SEHK:96 Return on Capital Employed March 16th 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 Yusei Holdings has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Yusei Holdings Tell Us?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Yusei Holdings, we didn't gain much confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 17%, but since then they've fallen to 9.3%. 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. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Yusei Holdings has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 52%, which we'd consider pretty high. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

In Conclusion...

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Yusei Holdings is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 25% over the last five years. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

Yusei Holdings does have some risks, we noticed 2 warning signs (and 1 which can't be ignored) we think you should know about.

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