Return Trends At Sterlite Technologies (NSE:STLTECH) Aren't Appealing

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 20, 2022
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing 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. With that in mind, the ROCE of Sterlite Technologies (NSE:STLTECH) looks decent, right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Sterlite Technologies, this is the formula:

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

0.18 = ₹7.4b ÷ (₹87b - ₹46b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Sterlite Technologies has an ROCE of 18%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 11% generated by the Communications industry.

See our latest analysis for Sterlite Technologies

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NSEI:STLTECH Return on Capital Employed January 20th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Sterlite Technologies' 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 Sterlite Technologies.

How Are Returns Trending?

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. The company has consistently earned 18% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 195% in that time. Since 18% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.

Another thing to note, Sterlite Technologies has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 53%. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

The Bottom Line

To sum it up, Sterlite Technologies has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 117% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we still believe the stock deserves further research.

Sterlite Technologies does have some risks, we noticed 3 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.

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