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APL Apollo Tubes (NSE:APLAPOLLO) Is Aiming To Keep Up Its Impressive Returns

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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. With that in mind, the ROCE of APL Apollo Tubes (NSE:APLAPOLLO) looks attractive right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.

What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. To calculate this metric for APL Apollo Tubes, this is the formula:

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

0.26 = ₹8.5b ÷ (₹50b - ₹17b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).

So, APL Apollo Tubes has an ROCE of 26%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Metals and Mining industry average of 15%.

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NSEI:APLAPOLLO Return on Capital Employed March 17th 2023

In the above chart we have measured APL Apollo Tubes' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For APL Apollo Tubes Tell Us?

In terms of APL Apollo Tubes' history of ROCE, it's quite impressive. The company has consistently earned 26% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 241% in that time. Now considering ROCE is an attractive 26%, this combination is actually pretty appealing because it means the business can consistently put money to work and generate these high returns. If these trends can continue, it wouldn't surprise us if the company became a multi-bagger.

On a side note, APL Apollo Tubes has done well to reduce current liabilities to 34% of total assets over the last five years. This can eliminate some of the risks inherent in the operations because the business has less outstanding obligations to their suppliers and or short-term creditors than they did previously.

The Bottom Line On APL Apollo Tubes' ROCE

In short, we'd argue APL Apollo Tubes has the makings of a multi-bagger since its been able to compound its capital at very profitable rates of return. On top of that, the stock has rewarded shareholders with a remarkable 543% return to those who've held over the last five years. So even though the stock might be more "expensive" than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing APL Apollo Tubes that you might find interesting.

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