China Water Affairs Group (HKG:855) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 22, 2022
SEHK:855
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base 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. That's why when we briefly looked at China Water Affairs Group's (HKG:855) ROCE trend, we were pretty happy with what we saw.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for China Water Affairs Group:

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

0.11 = HK$3.9b ÷ (HK$52b - HK$16b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, China Water Affairs Group has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Water Utilities industry average of 7.5% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for China Water Affairs Group

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SEHK:855 Return on Capital Employed February 22nd 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for China Water Affairs Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering China Water Affairs Group here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 11% and the business has deployed 134% more capital into its operations. Since 11% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

The Bottom Line On China Water Affairs Group's ROCE

In the end, China Water Affairs Group has proven its ability to adequately reinvest capital at good rates of return. On top of that, the stock has rewarded shareholders with a remarkable 121% return to those who've held over the last five years. So even though the stock might be more "expensive" than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.

China Water Affairs Group does have some risks, we noticed 4 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

While China Water Affairs Group isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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