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Returns On Capital At Rico Auto Industries (NSE:RICOAUTO) Have Stalled

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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount 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. In light of that, when we looked at Rico Auto Industries (NSE:RICOAUTO) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Rico Auto Industries is:

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

0.096 = ₹946m ÷ (₹20b - ₹10b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

Thus, Rico Auto Industries has an ROCE of 9.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Auto Components industry average of 14%.

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NSEI:RICOAUTO Return on Capital Employed March 16th 2023

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you'd like to look at how Rico Auto Industries has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

The returns on capital haven't changed much for Rico Auto Industries in recent years. The company has employed 56% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 9.6%. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.

On another note, while the change in ROCE trend might not scream for attention, it's interesting that the current liabilities have actually gone up over the last five years. This is intriguing because if current liabilities hadn't increased to 50% of total assets, this reported ROCE would probably be less than9.6% because total capital employed would be higher.The 9.6% ROCE could be even lower if current liabilities weren't 50% of total assets, because the the formula would show a larger base of total capital employed. Additionally, this high level of current liabilities isn't ideal because it means the company's suppliers (or short-term creditors) are effectively funding a large portion of the business.

Our Take On Rico Auto Industries' ROCE

In conclusion, Rico Auto Industries has been investing more capital into the business, but returns on that capital haven't increased. Since the stock has declined 12% over the last five years, investors may not be too optimistic on this trend improving either. 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 final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Rico Auto Industries (including 2 which are potentially serious) .

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