Here's What's Concerning About Mangalam Global Enterprise's (NSE:MGEL) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 12, 2022
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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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after investigating Mangalam Global Enterprise (NSE:MGEL), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

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 Mangalam Global Enterprise:

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

0.016 = ₹15m ÷ (₹2.2b - ₹1.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, Mangalam Global Enterprise has an ROCE of 1.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Food industry average of 12%.

View our latest analysis for Mangalam Global Enterprise

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NSEI:MGEL Return on Capital Employed January 12th 2022

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'd like to look at how Mangalam Global Enterprise has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Mangalam Global Enterprise, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 2.9% over the last five years. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

While on the subject, we noticed that the ratio of current liabilities to total assets has risen to 57%, which has impacted the ROCE. Without this increase, it's likely that ROCE would be even lower than 1.6%. What this means is that in reality, a rather large portion of the business is being funded by the likes of the company's suppliers or short-term creditors, which can bring some risks of its own.

The Bottom Line

While returns have fallen for Mangalam Global Enterprise in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And long term investors must be optimistic going forward because the stock has returned a huge 201% to shareholders in the last year. So while the underlying trends could already be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.

Mangalam Global Enterprise does come with some risks though, we found 5 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is concerning...

While Mangalam Global Enterprise may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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