The Returns On Capital At AVG Logistics (NSE:AVG) Don't Inspire Confidence

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 19, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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 AVG Logistics (NSE:AVG) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. To calculate this metric for AVG Logistics, this is the formula:

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

0.063 = ₹77m ÷ (₹2.3b - ₹1.1b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

Thus, AVG Logistics has an ROCE of 6.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Transportation industry average of 11%.

View our latest analysis for AVG Logistics

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NSEI:AVG Return on Capital Employed February 19th 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for AVG Logistics' ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating AVG Logistics' past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at AVG Logistics, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 36% over the last five years. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a side note, AVG Logistics' current liabilities are still rather high at 47% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

In Conclusion...

To conclude, we've found that AVG Logistics is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Unsurprisingly then, the total return to shareholders over the last three years has been flat. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.

One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with AVG Logistics (including 2 which shouldn't be ignored) .

If you want to search for solid companies with great earnings, check out this free list of companies with good balance sheets and impressive returns on equity.

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