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Is BORATR (KOSDAQ:250000) Using Capital Effectively?

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What underlying fundamental trends can indicate that a company might be in decline? Typically, we'll see the trend of both return on capital employed (ROCE) declining and this usually coincides with a decreasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately this means that the company is earning less per dollar invested and on top of that, it's shrinking its base of capital employed. Having said that, after a brief look, BORATR (KOSDAQ:250000) we aren't filled with optimism, but let's investigate further.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on BORATR is:

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

0.058 = ₩3.1b ÷ (₩90b - ₩35b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

Therefore, BORATR has an ROCE of 5.8%. On its own that's a low return, but compared to the average of 4.1% generated by the Consumer Retailing industry, it's much better.

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KOSDAQ:A250000 Return on Capital Employed February 12th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for BORATR's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how BORATR has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

In terms of BORATR's historical ROCE movements, the trend doesn't inspire confidence. Unfortunately the returns on capital have diminished from the 22% that they were earning three years ago. Meanwhile, capital employed in the business has stayed roughly the flat over the period. Companies that exhibit these attributes tend to not be shrinking, but they can be mature and facing pressure on their margins from competition. So because these trends aren't typically conducive to creating a multi-bagger, we wouldn't hold our breath on BORATR becoming one if things continue as they have.

On a side note, BORATR's current liabilities have increased over the last three years to 40% of total assets, effectively distorting the ROCE to some degree. If current liabilities hadn't increased as much as they did, the ROCE could actually be even lower. Keep an eye on this ratio, because the business could encounter some new risks if this metric gets too high.

The Key Takeaway

In the end, the trend of lower returns on the same amount of capital isn't typically an indication that we're looking at a growth stock. Yet despite these concerning fundamentals, the stock has performed strongly with a 24% return over the last three years, so investors appear very optimistic. Regardless, we don't feel too comfortable with the fundamentals so we'd be steering clear of this stock for now.

If you'd like to know more about BORATR, we've spotted 7 warning signs, and 2 of them are a bit concerning.

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