There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Sime Darby Plantation Berhad's (KLSE:SIMEPLT) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 26, 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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So when we looked at Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (KLSE:SIMEPLT) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad:

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

0.11 = RM2.8b ÷ (RM31b - RM5.9b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad has an ROCE of 11%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 8.6% generated by the Food industry.

See our latest analysis for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

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KLSE:SIMEPLT Return on Capital Employed January 26th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad 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 Sime Darby Plantation Berhad.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad's ROCE growth is quite impressive. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 115% in that same time. So it's likely that the business is now reaping the full benefits of its past investments, since the capital employed hasn't changed considerably. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.

The Key Takeaway

As discussed above, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 20% in the last three years. That being the case, research into the company's current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.

One more thing: We've identified 2 warning signs with Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (at least 1 which is a bit concerning) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

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