SUNeVision Holdings (HKG:1686) Will Be Hoping To Turn Its Returns On Capital Around

Simply Wall St
May 13, 2022
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think SUNeVision Holdings (HKG:1686) 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?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on SUNeVision Holdings is:

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

0.072 = HK$994m ÷ (HK$17b - HK$3.1b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, SUNeVision Holdings has an ROCE of 7.2%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 7.1%, it's still a low return by itself.

See our latest analysis for SUNeVision Holdings

SEHK:1686 Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

In the above chart we have measured SUNeVision Holdings' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for SUNeVision Holdings.

So How Is SUNeVision Holdings' ROCE Trending?

In terms of SUNeVision Holdings' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 13% over the last five years. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

Our Take On SUNeVision Holdings' ROCE

Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by SUNeVision Holdings' reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. Since the stock has gained an impressive 56% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

SUNeVision Holdings does have some risks though, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for SUNeVision Holdings that you might be interested in.

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