Sougou ShoukenLtd (TYO:7850) Is Experiencing Growth In Returns On Capital

Simply Wall St
May 06, 2021
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Sougou ShoukenLtd (TYO:7850) so let's look a bit deeper.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Sougou ShoukenLtd:

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

0.028 = JP¥169m ÷ (JP¥14b - JP¥7.5b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to January 2021).

Therefore, Sougou ShoukenLtd has an ROCE of 2.8%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Commercial Services industry average of 8.1%.

View our latest analysis for Sougou ShoukenLtd

JASDAQ:7850 Return on Capital Employed May 7th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Sougou ShoukenLtd's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Sougou ShoukenLtd, check out these free graphs here.

How Are Returns Trending?

Sougou ShoukenLtd has broken into the black (profitability) and we're sure it's a sight for sore eyes. While the business was unprofitable in the past, it's now turned things around and is earning 2.8% on its capital. While returns have increased, the amount of capital employed by Sougou ShoukenLtd has remained flat over the period. That being said, while an increase in efficiency is no doubt appealing, it'd be helpful to know if the company does have any investment plans going forward. So if you're looking for high growth, you'll want to see a business's capital employed also increasing.

Another thing to note, Sougou ShoukenLtd has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 55%. 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. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

What We Can Learn From Sougou ShoukenLtd's ROCE

To bring it all together, Sougou ShoukenLtd has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. Since the total return from the stock has been almost flat over the last five years, there might be an opportunity here if the valuation looks good. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

One more thing, we've spotted 2 warning signs facing Sougou ShoukenLtd that you might find interesting.

While Sougou ShoukenLtd isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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