Returns At Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (NSE:GSFC) Appear To Be Weighed Down

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount 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 Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (NSE:GSFC) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

Understanding 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. To calculate this metric for Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals, this is the formula:

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

0.082 = ₹9.3b ÷ (₹128b - ₹15b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals has an ROCE of 8.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 18%.

Check out our latest analysis for Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals

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NSEI:GSFC Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals' 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.

How Are Returns Trending?

There are better returns on capital out there than what we're seeing at Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 8.2% and the business has deployed 67% more capital into its operations. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.

On a side note, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals has done well to reduce current liabilities to 12% 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.

In Conclusion...

In conclusion, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals has been investing more capital into the business, but returns on that capital haven't increased. And with the stock having returned a mere 21% in the last five years to shareholders, you could argue that they're aware of these lackluster trends. So if you're looking for a multi-bagger, the underlying trends indicate you may have better chances elsewhere.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (of which 1 is potentially serious!) that you should know about.

While Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals 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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