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Apollo Micro Systems (NSE:APOLLO) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively
If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Although, when we looked at Apollo Micro Systems (NSE:APOLLO), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?
Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Apollo Micro Systems:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.14 = ₹478m ÷ (₹6.4b - ₹2.9b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
Thus, Apollo Micro Systems has an ROCE of 14%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Aerospace & Defense industry average of 13%.
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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 Apollo Micro Systems 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
In terms of Apollo Micro Systems' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 23%, but since then they've fallen to 14%. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.
On a side note, Apollo Micro Systems' current liabilities are still rather high at 46% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
What We Can Learn From Apollo Micro Systems' ROCE
Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Apollo Micro Systems. These trends are starting to be recognized by investors since the stock has delivered a 7.1% gain to shareholders who've held over the last five years. Therefore we'd recommend looking further into this stock to confirm if it has the makings of a good investment.
If you want to know some of the risks facing Apollo Micro Systems we've found 2 warning signs (1 is potentially serious!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
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Apollo Micro Systems
Apollo Micro Systems Limited designs, develops, assembles, and tests electronic and electro-mechanical solutions in India.
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