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Be Wary Of Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited (HKG:6869) And Its Returns On Capital

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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? 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Although, when we looked at Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited (HKG:6869), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

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 Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited:

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

0.06 = CN¥1.2b ÷ (CN¥28b - CN¥8.5b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

Thus, Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited has an ROCE of 6.0%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 6.4%.

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SEHK:6869 Return on Capital Employed March 15th 2023

In the above chart we have measured Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 24% over the last five years. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

What We Can Learn From Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited's ROCE

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Yangtze Optical Fibre And Cable Limited. However, despite the promising trends, the stock has fallen 56% over the last five years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

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