Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of Vardhman Textiles (NSE:VTL) we really liked what we saw.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Vardhman Textiles, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.21 = ₹19b ÷ (₹110b - ₹19b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Thus, Vardhman Textiles has an ROCE of 21%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Luxury industry average of 14%.
In the above chart we have measured Vardhman Textiles' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Vardhman Textiles here for free.
The Trend Of ROCE
We like the trends that we're seeing from Vardhman Textiles. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 21%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 67% more capital is being employed now too. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
One more thing to note, Vardhman Textiles has decreased current liabilities to 18% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. This tells us that Vardhman Textiles has grown its returns without a reliance on increasing their current liabilities, which we're very happy with.
What We Can Learn From Vardhman Textiles' ROCE
To sum it up, Vardhman Textiles has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. Investors may not be impressed by the favorable underlying trends yet because over the last five years the stock has only returned 21% to shareholders. Given that, we'd look further into this stock in case it has more traits that could make it multiply in the long term.
On a final note, we've found 2 warning signs for Vardhman Textiles that we think you should be aware of.
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