Why We Like The Returns At Lenovo Group (HKG:992)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
SEHK:992
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Lenovo Group's (HKG:992) look very promising so lets take a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Lenovo Group:

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

0.27 = US$3.2b ÷ (US$46b - US$34b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Lenovo Group has an ROCE of 27%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Tech industry average of 9.0%.

View our latest analysis for Lenovo Group

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SEHK:992 Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Lenovo Group 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 Lenovo Group.

So How Is Lenovo Group's ROCE Trending?

Investors would be pleased with what's happening at Lenovo Group. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 27%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 62% more capital is being employed now too. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Lenovo Group thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Lenovo Group has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 74%, which we'd consider pretty high. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, it's great to see that Lenovo Group can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. And a remarkable 114% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

On the other side of ROCE, we have to consider valuation. That's why we have a FREE intrinsic value estimation on our platform that is definitely worth checking out.

Lenovo Group is not the only stock earning high returns. If you'd like to see more, check out our free list of companies earning high returns on equity with solid fundamentals.

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