To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Everest Industries (NSE:EVERESTIND) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.
What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
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. To calculate this metric for Everest Industries, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.06 = ₹377m ÷ (₹11b - ₹4.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
So, Everest Industries has an ROCE of 6.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Building 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're interested in investigating Everest Industries' past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
How Are Returns Trending?
In terms of Everest Industries' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 9.4% over the last five years. 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 separate but related note, it's important to know that Everest Industries has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 42%, which we'd consider pretty high. 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.
The Bottom Line On Everest Industries' ROCE
In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Everest Industries is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. Furthermore the stock has climbed 74% over the last five years, it would appear that investors are upbeat about the future. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.
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