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Here's What To Make Of Otani KogyoLtd's (TYO:5939) Returns On Capital

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. 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 Otani KogyoLtd (TYO:5939) 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 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. The formula for this calculation on Otani KogyoLtd is:

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

0.08 = JP¥289m ÷ (JP¥5.2b - JP¥1.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

Therefore, Otani KogyoLtd has an ROCE of 8.0%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 6.7% average generated by the Machinery industry.

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JASDAQ:5939 Return on Capital Employed January 12th 2021

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

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Otani KogyoLtd doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 8.0% from 11% five years ago. 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 may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

The Bottom Line

Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by Otani KogyoLtd's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 100% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.

Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Otani KogyoLtd (of which 1 is potentially serious!) that you should know about.

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