There Are Reasons To Feel Uneasy About SUNeVision Holdings' (HKG:1686) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 24, 2021
SEHK:1686
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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, 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.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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. To calculate this metric for SUNeVision Holdings, this is the formula:

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

0.063 = HK$930m ÷ (HK$16b - HK$1.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, SUNeVision Holdings has an ROCE of 6.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the IT industry average of 8.0%.

See our latest analysis for SUNeVision Holdings

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SEHK:1686 Return on Capital Employed July 25th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for SUNeVision Holdings 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 SUNeVision Holdings.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at SUNeVision Holdings doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 15% 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. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

Our Take On SUNeVision Holdings' ROCE

While returns have fallen for SUNeVision Holdings in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And long term investors must be optimistic going forward because the stock has returned a huge 206% to shareholders in the last five years. So while the underlying trends could already be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.

If you want to know some of the risks facing SUNeVision Holdings we've found 3 warning signs (2 don't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

While SUNeVision Holdings may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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