Fibon Berhad (KLSE:FIBON) Could Be Struggling To Allocate Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 22, 2022
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If you're looking at a mature business that's past the growth phase, what are some of the underlying trends that pop up? A business that's potentially in decline often shows two trends, a return on capital employed (ROCE) that's declining, and a base of capital employed that's also declining. Trends like this ultimately mean the business is reducing its investments and also earning less on what it has invested. So after we looked into Fibon Berhad (KLSE:FIBON), the trends above didn't look too great.

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. The formula for this calculation on Fibon Berhad is:

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

0.026 = RM1.4m ÷ (RM55m - RM1.7m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to November 2021).

So, Fibon Berhad has an ROCE of 2.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Electrical industry average of 7.0%.

View our latest analysis for Fibon Berhad

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KLSE:FIBON Return on Capital Employed March 22nd 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Fibon Berhad's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Fibon Berhad, check out these free graphs here.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Fibon Berhad Tell Us?

In terms of Fibon Berhad's historical ROCE movements, the trend doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, the ROCE was 12% five years ago, but since then it has dropped noticeably. And on the capital employed front, the business is utilizing roughly the same amount of capital as it was back then. This combination can be indicative of a mature business that still has areas to deploy capital, but the returns received aren't as high due potentially to new competition or smaller margins. If these trends continue, we wouldn't expect Fibon Berhad to turn into a multi-bagger.

In Conclusion...

All in all, the lower returns from the same amount of capital employed aren't exactly signs of a compounding machine. It should come as no surprise then that the stock has fallen 52% over the last five years, so it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. Unless there is a shift to a more positive trajectory in these metrics, we would look elsewhere.

One more thing: We've identified 4 warning signs with Fibon Berhad (at least 2 which make us uncomfortable) , and understanding them would certainly be useful.

While Fibon Berhad isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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