Aegis Logistics Limited (NSE:AEGISLOG) Earns Among The Best Returns In Its Industry

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Today we are going to look at Aegis Logistics Limited (NSE:AEGISLOG) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we’re going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

First, we’ll go over how we calculate ROCE. Next, we’ll compare it to others in its industry. Last but not least, we’ll look at what impact its current liabilities have on its ROCE.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. In general, businesses with a higher ROCE are usually better quality. In brief, it is a useful tool, but it is not without drawbacks. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that ‘one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar’.

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

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

Or for Aegis Logistics:

0.21 = ₹3.2b ÷ (₹24b – ₹8.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Aegis Logistics has an ROCE of 21%.

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Is Aegis Logistics’s ROCE Good?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Aegis Logistics’s ROCE appears to be substantially greater than the 11% average in the Oil and Gas industry. We would consider this a positive, as it suggests it is using capital more effectively than other similar companies. Separate from Aegis Logistics’s performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

NSEI:AEGISLOG Past Revenue and Net Income, June 15th 2019
NSEI:AEGISLOG Past Revenue and Net Income, June 15th 2019

It is important to remember that ROCE shows past performance, and is not necessarily predictive. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. We note Aegis Logistics could be considered a cyclical business. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for Aegis Logistics.

Aegis Logistics’s Current Liabilities And Their Impact On Its ROCE

Current liabilities include invoices, such as supplier payments, short-term debt, or a tax bill, that need to be paid within 12 months. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

Aegis Logistics has total assets of ₹24b and current liabilities of ₹8.7b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 36% of its total assets. Aegis Logistics has a middling amount of current liabilities, increasing its ROCE somewhat.

What We Can Learn From Aegis Logistics’s ROCE

With a decent ROCE, the company could be interesting, but remember that the level of current liabilities make the ROCE look better. Aegis Logistics shapes up well under this analysis, but it is far from the only business delivering excellent numbers . You might also want to check this free collection of companies delivering excellent earnings growth.

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