Returns At Leader Steel Holdings Berhad (KLSE:LSTEEL) Are On The Way Up

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 26, 2021
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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Leader Steel Holdings Berhad's (KLSE:LSTEEL) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

What is 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. The formula for this calculation on Leader Steel Holdings Berhad is:

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

0.10 = RM19m ÷ (RM260m - RM74m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

So, Leader Steel Holdings Berhad has an ROCE of 10%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 9.4% generated by the Metals and Mining industry.

View our latest analysis for Leader Steel Holdings Berhad

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KLSE:LSTEEL Return on Capital Employed August 27th 2021

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 want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Leader Steel Holdings Berhad, check out these free graphs here.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Leader Steel Holdings Berhad Tell Us?

The fact that Leader Steel Holdings Berhad is now generating some pre-tax profits from its prior investments is very encouraging. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 10% which is a sight for sore eyes. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 30% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. 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 related note, the company's ratio of current liabilities to total assets has decreased to 28%, which basically reduces it's funding from the likes of short-term creditors or suppliers. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business' fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company's books.

The Bottom Line

To the delight of most shareholders, Leader Steel Holdings Berhad has now broken into profitability. And with a respectable 99% awarded to those who held the stock over the last five years, you could argue that these developments are starting to get the attention they deserve. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Leader Steel Holdings Berhad can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

Like most companies, Leader Steel Holdings Berhad does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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