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Will DB's (KRX:012030) Growth In ROCE Persist?

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at DB (KRX:012030) so let's look a bit deeper.

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. The formula for this calculation on DB is:

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

0.082 = ₩24b ÷ (₩407b - ₩114b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

So, DB has an ROCE of 8.2%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the IT industry average of 11%.

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KOSE:A012030 Return on Capital Employed January 29th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for DB's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how DB 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

We're delighted to see that DB is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. About five years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 8.2% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, DB is utilizing 27% more capital than it was five years ago. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.

What We Can Learn From DB's ROCE

Overall, DB gets a big tick from us thanks in most part to the fact that it is now profitable and is reinvesting in its business. And a remarkable 101% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

Before jumping to any conclusions though, we need to know what value we're getting for the current share price. That's where you can check out our FREE intrinsic value estimation that compares the share price and estimated value.

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