Returns On Capital Signal Tricky Times Ahead For Grand Baoxin Auto Group (HKG:1293)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 23, 2021
SEHK:1293
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. In light of that, when we looked at Grand Baoxin Auto Group (HKG:1293) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Grand Baoxin Auto Group is:

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

0.087 = CN¥1.2b ÷ (CN¥29b - CN¥15b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, Grand Baoxin Auto Group has an ROCE of 8.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Specialty Retail industry average of 9.7%.

Check out our latest analysis for Grand Baoxin Auto Group

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SEHK:1293 Return on Capital Employed May 24th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Grand Baoxin Auto Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Grand Baoxin Auto Group here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Grand Baoxin Auto Group, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 15% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

On a side note, Grand Baoxin Auto Group has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 51% 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. Either way, they're still at a pretty high level, so we'd like to see them fall further if possible.

Our Take On Grand Baoxin Auto Group's ROCE

In summary, Grand Baoxin Auto Group is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. It seems that investors have little hope of these trends getting any better and that may have partly contributed to the stock collapsing 85% in the last five years. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.

If you want to know some of the risks facing Grand Baoxin Auto Group we've found 3 warning signs (1 is a bit concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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