The Returns At CEMEX. de (BMV:CEMEXCPO) Aren't Growing

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 17, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. However, after investigating CEMEX. de (BMV:CEMEXCPO), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for CEMEX. de, this is the formula:

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

0.08 = US$1.7b ÷ (US$27b - US$5.4b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, CEMEX. de has an ROCE of 8.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Basic Materials industry average of 11%.

Check out our latest analysis for CEMEX. de

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BMV:CEMEX CPO Return on Capital Employed April 17th 2022

In the above chart we have measured CEMEX. de's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering CEMEX. de here for free.

So How Is CEMEX. de's ROCE Trending?

Over the past five years, CEMEX. de's ROCE and capital employed have both remained mostly flat. It's not uncommon to see this when looking at a mature and stable business that isn't re-investing its earnings because it has likely passed that phase of the business cycle. So don't be surprised if CEMEX. de doesn't end up being a multi-bagger in a few years time.

In Conclusion...

We can conclude that in regards to CEMEX. de's returns on capital employed and the trends, there isn't much change to report on. And investors appear hesitant that the trends will pick up because the stock has fallen 39% in the last five years. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.

If you want to continue researching CEMEX. de, you might be interested to know about the 3 warning signs that our analysis has discovered.

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