We Like These Underlying Return On Capital Trends At Man Industries (India) (NSE:MANINDS)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Man Industries (India)'s (NSE:MANINDS) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

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. The formula for this calculation on Man Industries (India) is:

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

0.15 = ₹1.4b ÷ (₹16b - ₹7.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Man Industries (India) has an ROCE of 15%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Construction industry average of 11% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for Man Industries (India)

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NSEI:MANINDS Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Man Industries (India)'s ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Man Industries (India), check out these free graphs here.

The Trend Of ROCE

Man Industries (India)'s ROCE growth is quite impressive. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 319% over the last five years. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Man Industries (India) has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 44%, 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 Man Industries (India)'s ROCE

To bring it all together, Man Industries (India) has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 62% return over the last five years. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Man Industries (India) (including 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) .

While Man Industries (India) isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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