Honeywell Automation India Limited (NSE:HONAUT): A Look At Return On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 05, 2018
NSEI:HONAUT

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to begin learning the link between Honeywell Automation India Limited (NSE:HONAUT)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

If you purchase a HONAUT share you are effectively becoming a partner with many other shareholders. Your equity share is granted in return for the capital provided to the business to operate, and in order for an investment to be successful the business has to create earnings from the funds that make up this capital. You need to pay attention to this because your return on investment is linked to dividends and internal investments to improve the business, which can only occur if the company is expected to produce adequate earnings with the capital that has been provided. Therefore, looking at how efficiently Honeywell Automation India is able to use capital to create earnings will help us understand your potential return. Investors use many different metrics but the analysis below focuses on return on capital employed (ROCE). Let’s take a look at what it can tell us.

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ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

You only have a finite amount of capital to invest, so there are only so many companies that you can add to your portfolio. Accordingly, before you invest you need to assess the capital returns that the company has produced with reference to a certain benchmark to ensure that you are confident in the business' ability to grow your capital at a level that grants an investment over other companies. To determine Honeywell Automation India's capital return we will use ROCE, which tells us how much the company makes from the capital employed in their operations (for things like machinery, wages etc). I have calculated Honeywell Automation India’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for HONAUT

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = ₹4.8b ÷ (₹26.6b - ₹10.8b) = 30%

As you can see, HONAUT earned ₹30 from every ₹100 you invested over the previous twelve months. This makes Honeywell Automation India exceptionally profitable when compared to a robust 15% ROCE yardstick. So if this rate continues in to the future and is able to either provide solid dividends or reinvestment opportunities, your capital will enlarge at a rapid rate over time.

NSEI:HONAUT Last Perf November 5th 18
NSEI:HONAUT Last Perf November 5th 18

Does this mean I should invest?

HONAUT is efficient with the use of capital, but this is only the case if HONAUT continues to maintain the presently healthy ROCE, which will change if the company either earns less or requires more capital to create earnings. Because of this, it is important to look beyond the final value of HONAUT’s ROCE and understand what is happening to the individual components. Looking at the past 3 year period shows us that HONAUT boosted investor return on capital employed from 21%. Over the same period, EBT went from ₹2.1b to ₹4.8b and capital employed improved as well albeit by a relatively smaller amount, signifying ROCE increased as a result of a greater surge in earnings compared to the business' use of capital.

Next Steps

ROCE for HONAUT investors has grown in the last few years and is currently at a level that makes the company an attractive candidate that is capable of producing solid capital returns, and hence, an attractive return on investment. This makes the company an attractive place to put your money, but ROCE does not tell the whole picture so you need to pay attention to other fundamentals like future prospects and valuation. If you don't pay attention to these factors you cannot be sure if this trend will continue or if you are getting a good deal for the future returns you are paying for. If you're interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I've linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HONAUT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HONAUT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HONAUT worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even if its ROCE is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HONAUT is currently mispriced by the market.
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To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.

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