If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So on that note, Kutjevo d.d (ZGSE:KTJV) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.
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 Kutjevo d.d:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.055 = Kn28m ÷ (Kn567m - Kn69m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
Therefore, Kutjevo d.d has an ROCE of 5.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Beverage industry average of 9.0%.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Kutjevo d.d's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Kutjevo d.d, check out these free graphs here.
So How Is Kutjevo d.d's ROCE Trending?
Even though ROCE is still low in absolute terms, it's good to see it's heading in the right direction. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 5.5%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 21% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.
One more thing to note, Kutjevo d.d has decreased current liabilities to 12% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. So shareholders would be pleased that the growth in returns has mostly come from underlying business performance.
The Key Takeaway
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Kutjevo d.d has. And a remarkable 117% 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.
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