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Should You Be Impressed By EIH Associated Hotels' (NSE:EIHAHOTELS) Returns on Capital?

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think EIH Associated Hotels (NSE:EIHAHOTELS) 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)?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for EIH Associated Hotels:

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

0.048 = ₹183m ÷ (₹4.5b - ₹627m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Thus, EIH Associated Hotels has an ROCE of 4.8%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 4.8%.

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NSEI:EIHAHOTELS Return on Capital Employed August 30th 2020

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 EIH Associated Hotels' past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

When we looked at the ROCE trend at EIH Associated Hotels, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.8% from 17% five years ago. And considering revenue has dropped while employing more capital, we'd be cautious. This could mean that the business is losing its competitive advantage or market share, because while more money is being put into ventures, it's actually producing a lower return - "less bang for their buck" per se.

On a side note, EIH Associated Hotels has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 14% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

The Key Takeaway

We're a bit apprehensive about EIH Associated Hotels because despite more capital being deployed in the business, returns on that capital and sales have both fallen. Yet despite these concerning fundamentals, the stock has performed strongly with a 42% return over the last five years, so investors appear very optimistic. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

EIH Associated Hotels could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.

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