# What Should Investors Know About Eimco Elecon (India) Limited’s (NSE:EIMCOELECO) Capital Returns?

If you purchase a EIMCOELECO share you are effectively becoming a partner with many other shareholders. Owing to this, it is important that the underlying business is producing a sufficient amount of income from the capital invested by stockholders. This is because the actual cash flow generated by the business dictates the potential for income (dividends) and capital appreciation (price increases), which are the two ways to achieve positive returns when buying a stock. Therefore, looking at how efficiently Eimco Elecon (India) is able to use capital to create earnings will help us understand your potential return. Investors use many different metrics but the analysis below focuses on return on capital employed (ROCE). Let’s take a look at what it can tell us.

### ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

When you choose to invest in a company, there is an opportunity cost because that money could’ve been invested elsewhere. Accordingly, before you invest you need to assess the capital returns that the company has produced with reference to a certain benchmark to ensure that you are confident in the business’ ability to grow your capital at a level that grants an investment over other companies. We’ll look at Eimco Elecon (India)’s returns by computing return on capital employed, which will tell us what the company can generate from the money spent in operations. I have calculated Eimco Elecon (India)’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for EIMCOELECO

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = ₹212m ÷ (₹3.5b – ₹426m) = 6.7%

As you can see, EIMCOELECO earned ₹6.7 from every ₹100 you invested over the previous twelve months. This shows Eimco Elecon (India) provides a dull capital return that is below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if EIMCOELECO is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital but may fall behind other more attractive opportunities in the market.

### What is causing this?

Eimco Elecon (India)’s relatively poor ROCE is tied to the movement in two factors that change over time: earnings and capital requirements. At the moment Eimco Elecon (India) is in an adverse position, but this can change if these factors improve. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Looking three years in the past, it is evident that EIMCOELECO’s ROCE has deteriorated from 12%, indicating the company’s capital returns have declined. Over the same period, EBT went from ₹279m to ₹212m and capital employed has increased due to a rise in total assets employed , which means the company’s ROCE has shrunk as a result of falling earnings and simultaneous increases in capital requirements.

### Next Steps

Eimco Elecon (India)’s ROCE has decreased in the recent past and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. However, it is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and management ability. If you’re building your portfolio and want to take a deeper look, I’ve added a few links below that will help you further evaluate EIMCOELECO or move on to other alternatives.

1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EIMCOELECO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EIMCOELECO’s outlook.
2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market’s sentiment for Eimco Elecon (India)’s future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
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