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Shareholders Would Enjoy A Repeat Of Farmacias Benavides. de's (BMV:BEVIDESB) Recent Growth In Returns

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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing 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, the ROCE of Farmacias Benavides. de (BMV:BEVIDESB) looks great, so lets see what the trend can tell us.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

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 Farmacias Benavides. de is:

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

0.23 = Mex$723m ÷ (Mex$7.7b - Mex$4.5b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2023).

Therefore, Farmacias Benavides. de has an ROCE of 23%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 19% earned by companies in a similar industry.

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BMV:BEVIDES B Return on Capital Employed July 1st 2023

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Farmacias Benavides. de's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

SWOT Analysis for Farmacias Benavides. de

  • Earnings growth over the past year exceeded the industry.
  • Debt is well covered by cash flow.
  • Interest payments on debt are not well covered.
  • Trading below our estimate of fair value by more than 20%.
  • Lack of analyst coverage makes it difficult to determine BEVIDES B's earnings prospects.
  • No apparent threats visible for BEVIDES B.

The Trend Of ROCE

The fact that Farmacias Benavides. de is now generating some pre-tax profits from its prior investments is very encouraging. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making five years ago but is is now generating 23% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Farmacias Benavides. de is utilizing 37% more capital than it was five years ago. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.

On a side note, Farmacias Benavides. de's current liabilities are still rather high at 59% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

Our Take On Farmacias Benavides. de's ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that Farmacias Benavides. de has managed to break into profitability and is continuing to reinvest in its business. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 41% in the last three years. So researching this company further and determining whether or not these trends will continue seems justified.

Farmacias Benavides. de does have some risks though, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Farmacias Benavides. de that you might be interested in.

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