# What Should Investors Know About Linc Pen & Plastics Limited’s (NSE:LINCPENQ) Return On Capital?

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to begin learning the link between Linc Pen & Plastics Limited (NSE:LINCPENQ)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

Buying Linc Pen & Plastics makes you a partial owner of the company. Owing to this, it is important that the underlying business is producing a sufficient amount of income from the capital invested by stockholders. Your return is tied to LINCPENQ’s ability to do this because the amount earned is used to invest in opportunities to grow the business or payout dividends, which are the two sources of return on investment. Therefore, looking at how efficiently Linc Pen & Plastics 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.

### Calculating Return On Capital Employed for LINCPENQ

When you choose to invest in a company, there is an opportunity cost because that money could’ve been invested elsewhere. The cost of missing out on another opportunity comes in the form of the potential long term gain you could’ve received, which is dependent on the gap between the return on capital you could’ve achieved and that of the company you invested in. Hence, capital returns are very important, and should be examined before you invest in conjunction with a certain benchmark that represents the minimum return you require to be compensated for the risk of missing out on other potentially lucrative investments. To determine Linc Pen & Plastics’s capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). Take a look at the formula box beneath:

ROCE Calculation for LINCPENQ

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

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = ₹128m ÷ (₹2.5b – ₹1.1b) = 9.1%

As you can see, LINCPENQ earned ₹9.1 from every ₹100 you invested over the previous twelve months. Comparing this to a healthy 15% benchmark shows Linc Pen & Plastics is currently unable to return a satisfactory amount to owners for the use of their capital, which isn’t good for investors who have forgone other potentially solid companies.

### Why is this the case?

Although Linc Pen & Plastics is in an unfavourable position, you should know that this could change if the company is able to increase earnings on the same capital base or find new efficiencies that require less capital to produce earnings. Because of this, it is important to look beyond the final value of LINCPENQ’s ROCE and understand what is happening to the individual components. If you go back three years, you’ll find that LINCPENQ’s ROCE has decreased from 20%. In this time, earnings have fallen from ₹201m to ₹128m 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

ROCE for LINCPENQ investors has fallen in the last few years and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. But don’t forget, return on capital employed is a static metric that should be looked at in conjunction with other fundamental indicators like future prospects and management ability. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

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