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Today we’ll look at Jamna Auto Industries Limited (NSE:JAMNAAUTO) and reflect on its potential as an investment. In particular, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight into how profitably the company is able to employ capital in its business.
Firstly, we’ll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we’ll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?
ROCE is a measure of a company’s yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Ultimately, it is a useful but imperfect metric. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’
How Do You Calculate Return On Capital Employed?
Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
Or for Jamna Auto Industries:
0.42 = ₹2.3b ÷ (₹11b – ₹5.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)
So, Jamna Auto Industries has an ROCE of 42%.
Does Jamna Auto Industries Have A Good ROCE?
One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. In our analysis, Jamna Auto Industries’s ROCE is meaningfully higher than the 16% average in the Auto Components industry. We consider this a positive sign, because it suggests it uses capital more efficiently than similar companies. Regardless of the industry comparison, in absolute terms, Jamna Auto Industries’s ROCE currently appears to be excellent.
It is important to remember that ROCE shows past performance, and is not necessarily predictive. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is only a point-in-time measure. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for Jamna Auto Industries.
What Are Current Liabilities, And How Do They Affect Jamna Auto Industries’s ROCE?
Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. Due to the way the ROCE equation works, having large bills due in the near term can make it look as though a company has less capital employed, and thus a higher ROCE than usual. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.
Jamna Auto Industries has total liabilities of ₹5.3b and total assets of ₹11b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 49% of its total assets. Jamna Auto Industries has a medium level of current liabilities, boosting its ROCE somewhat.
What We Can Learn From Jamna Auto Industries’s ROCE
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