S Chand (NSE:SCHAND) May Have Issues Allocating Its Capital

Published
June 01, 2022
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing 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 briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think S Chand (NSE:SCHAND) 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 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for S Chand:

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

0.036 = ₹337m ÷ (₹12b - ₹2.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

So, S Chand has an ROCE of 3.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Media industry average of 11%.

View our latest analysis for S Chand

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NSEI:SCHAND Return on Capital Employed June 1st 2022

In the above chart we have measured S Chand'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 S Chand.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of S Chand's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 3.6% from 20% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

On a related note, S Chand has decreased its current liabilities to 22% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. What's more, this can reduce some aspects of risk to the business because now the company's suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of its operations. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Bottom Line On S Chand's ROCE

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that S Chand is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. But since the stock has dived 80% in the last five years, there could be other drivers that are influencing the business' outlook. Therefore, we'd suggest researching the stock further to uncover more about the business.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with S Chand and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

While S Chand isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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