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How Well Is Giordano International (HKG:709) Allocating Its Capital?

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What financial metrics can indicate to us that a company is maturing or even in decline? Businesses in decline often have two underlying trends, firstly, a declining return on capital employed (ROCE) and a declining base of capital employed. Trends like this ultimately mean the business is reducing its investments and also earning less on what it has invested. On that note, looking into Giordano International (HKG:709), we weren't too upbeat about how things were going.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Giordano International:

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

0.013 = HK$41m ÷ (HK$4.3b - HK$1.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Thus, Giordano International has an ROCE of 1.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Specialty Retail industry average of 11%.

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SEHK:709 Return on Capital Employed November 24th 2020

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Giordano International compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Giordano International.

The Trend Of ROCE

We are a bit worried about the trend of returns on capital at Giordano International. About five years ago, returns on capital were 17%, however they're now substantially lower than that as we saw above. Meanwhile, capital employed in the business has stayed roughly the flat over the period. Companies that exhibit these attributes tend to not be shrinking, but they can be mature and facing pressure on their margins from competition. So because these trends aren't typically conducive to creating a multi-bagger, we wouldn't hold our breath on Giordano International becoming one if things continue as they have.

What We Can Learn From Giordano International's ROCE

In summary, it's unfortunate that Giordano International is generating lower returns from the same amount of capital. Long term shareholders who've owned the stock over the last five years have experienced a 55% depreciation in their investment, so it appears the market might not like these trends either. Unless there is a shift to a more positive trajectory in these metrics, we would look elsewhere.

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About SEHK:709

Giordano International

An investment holding company, engages in the retail and distribution of men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion apparel and accessories in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and Australia, Gulf Cooperation Council, and internationally.

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