If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Genoray's (KOSDAQ:122310) returns on capital, so let's have a look.
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 Genoray, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.21 = ₩14b ÷ (₩83b - ₩17b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
Thus, Genoray has an ROCE of 21%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 13% earned by companies in a similar industry.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Genoray's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Genoray has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What Can We Tell From Genoray's ROCE Trend?
The trends we've noticed at Genoray are quite reassuring. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 21%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 242% more capital is being employed now too. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
One more thing to note, Genoray has decreased current liabilities to 20% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. So shareholders would be pleased that the growth in returns has mostly come from underlying business performance.
What We Can Learn From Genoray's ROCE
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Genoray has. And since the stock has fallen 15% over the last year, there might be an opportunity here. That being the case, research into the company's current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.
One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with Genoray and understanding these should be part of your investment process.
If you'd like to see other companies earning high returns, check out our free list of companies earning high returns with solid balance sheets here.
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