Caely Holdings Bhd (KLSE:CAELY) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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. Although, when we looked at Caely Holdings Bhd (KLSE:CAELY), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Caely Holdings Bhd:

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

0.061 = RM6.1m ÷ (RM119m - RM18m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Caely Holdings Bhd has an ROCE of 6.1%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Luxury industry average of 8.6%.

See our latest analysis for Caely Holdings Bhd

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KLSE:CAELY Return on Capital Employed September 28th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Caely Holdings Bhd's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Caely Holdings Bhd has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Caely Holdings Bhd's ROCE Trend?

There hasn't been much to report for Caely Holdings Bhd's returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. 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. With that in mind, unless investment picks up again in the future, we wouldn't expect Caely Holdings Bhd to be a multi-bagger going forward.

On a side note, Caely Holdings Bhd has done well to reduce current liabilities to 15% of total assets over the last five years. Effectively suppliers now fund less of the business, which can lower some elements of risk.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, Caely Holdings Bhd isn't compounding its earnings but is generating stable returns on the same amount of capital employed. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 55% over the last five years. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

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