Symphony (NSE:SYMPHONY) Is Reinvesting At Lower Rates Of Return

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 13, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. In light of that, when we looked at Symphony (NSE:SYMPHONY) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Symphony is:

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

0.16 = ₹1.5b ÷ (₹13b - ₹3.4b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Symphony has an ROCE of 16%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 12% generated by the Consumer Durables industry.

View our latest analysis for Symphony

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NSEI:SYMPHONY Return on Capital Employed January 13th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Symphony compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Symphony here for free.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Symphony Tell Us?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Symphony doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 16% from 46% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

The Key Takeaway

While returns have fallen for Symphony in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. These trends don't appear to have influenced returns though, because the total return from the stock has been mostly flat over the last five years. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Symphony you'll probably want to know about.

While Symphony 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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