Investors Will Want Alfa. de's (BMV:ALFAA) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 16, 2021
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So on that note, Alfa. de (BMV:ALFAA) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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. To calculate this metric for Alfa. de, this is the formula:

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

0.13 = Mex$25b ÷ (Mex$264b - Mex$70b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Alfa. de has an ROCE of 13%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 6.1% generated by the Industrials industry.

See our latest analysis for Alfa. de

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BMV:ALFA A Return on Capital Employed August 17th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Alfa. de compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Alfa. de.

What Can We Tell From Alfa. de's ROCE Trend?

Alfa. de is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 35% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.

In Conclusion...

As discussed above, Alfa. de appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. And since the stock has fallen 36% over the last five years, there might be an opportunity here. So researching this company further and determining whether or not these trends will continue seems justified.

On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Alfa. de you'll probably want to know about.

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