ACC (NSE:ACC) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 23, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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 on that note, ACC (NSE:ACC) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. To calculate this metric for ACC, this is the formula:

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

0.17 = ₹24b ÷ (₹191b - ₹48b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, ACC has an ROCE of 17%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Basic Materials industry average of 11% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for ACC

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NSEI:ACC Return on Capital Employed November 24th 2021

In the above chart we have measured ACC's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for ACC.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

ACC is displaying some positive trends. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 17%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 55%. 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.

The Key Takeaway

All in all, it's terrific to see that ACC is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And with a respectable 92% awarded to those who held the stock over the last five years, you could argue that these developments are starting to get the attention they deserve. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

If you want to continue researching ACC, you might be interested to know about the 1 warning sign that our analysis has discovered.

While ACC 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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