Our Take On The Returns On Capital At Wood FriendsLtd (TYO:8886)

January 21, 2021
  •  Updated
August 07, 2022
TSE:8886
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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Wood FriendsLtd (TYO:8886) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

What is 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. To calculate this metric for Wood FriendsLtd, this is the formula:

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

0.034 = JP¥388m ÷ (JP¥26b - JP¥14b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to November 2020).

Therefore, Wood FriendsLtd has an ROCE of 3.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Consumer Durables industry average of 8.0%.

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JASDAQ:8886 Return on Capital Employed January 22nd 2021

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

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

The returns on capital haven't changed much for Wood FriendsLtd in recent years. The company has consistently earned 3.4% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 33% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

On a side note, Wood FriendsLtd's current liabilities are still rather high at 55% of total assets. 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.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, Wood FriendsLtd has been investing more capital into the business, but returns on that capital haven't increased. And investors may be recognizing these trends since the stock has only returned a total of 35% to shareholders over the last five years. As a result, if you're hunting for a multi-bagger, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

Wood FriendsLtd does have some risks, we noticed 3 warning signs (and 1 which can't be ignored) we think you should know about.

While Wood FriendsLtd may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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