Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Kiri Industries (NSE:KIRIINDUS) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.
What is 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 Kiri Industries, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.04 = ₹963m ÷ (₹29b - ₹4.8b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).
Therefore, Kiri Industries has an ROCE of 4.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Chemicals industry average of 18%.
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 Kiri Industries has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What Can We Tell From Kiri Industries' ROCE Trend?
On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Kiri Industries doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.0% from 10% five years ago. 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. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.
Our Take On Kiri Industries' ROCE
In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Kiri Industries is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. Furthermore the stock has climbed 58% over the last five years, it would appear that investors are upbeat about the future. So while the underlying trends could already be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.
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