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. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of SICIT Group (BIT:SICT) we really liked what we saw.
Understanding 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 SICIT Group, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.20 = €18m ÷ (€112m - €24m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
So, SICIT Group has an ROCE of 20%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 9.4% earned by companies in a similar industry.
In the above chart we have measured SICIT Group's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering SICIT Group here for free.
The Trend Of ROCE
SICIT Group has not disappointed in regards to ROCE growth. The figures show that over the last two years, returns on capital have grown by 189%. The company is now earning €0.2 per dollar of capital employed. In regards to capital employed, SICIT Group appears to been achieving more with less, since the business is using 20% less capital to run its operation. If this trend continues, the business might be getting more efficient but it's shrinking in terms of total assets.For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 21% of its operations, which isn't ideal. Keep an eye out for future increases because when the ratio of current liabilities to total assets gets particularly high, this can introduce some new risks for the business.
Our Take On SICIT Group's ROCE
In summary, it's great to see that SICIT Group has been able to turn things around and earn higher returns on lower amounts of capital. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 28% return over the last three years. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.
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