Grand Power Logistics Group (HKG:8489) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 17, 2022
SEHK:8489
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Grand Power Logistics Group (HKG:8489) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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. The formula for this calculation on Grand Power Logistics Group is:

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

0.14 = HK$21m ÷ (HK$255m - HK$99m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Grand Power Logistics Group has an ROCE of 14%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 15% generated by the Logistics industry.

View our latest analysis for Grand Power Logistics Group

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SEHK:8489 Return on Capital Employed March 17th 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Grand Power Logistics Group's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Grand Power Logistics Group has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of Grand Power Logistics Group's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 23% over the last three years. However it looks like Grand Power Logistics Group might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

On a related note, Grand Power Logistics Group has decreased its current liabilities to 39% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

What We Can Learn From Grand Power Logistics Group's ROCE

In summary, Grand Power Logistics Group is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. And investors may be expecting the fundamentals to get a lot worse because the stock has crashed 74% over the last year. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with Grand Power Logistics Group (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding them would certainly be useful.

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