The Returns At Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad (KLSE:TGL) Aren't Growing

Simply Wall St
November 28, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after investigating Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad (KLSE:TGL), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. The formula for this calculation on Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad is:

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

0.085 = RM8.7m ÷ (RM123m - RM20m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad has an ROCE of 8.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Specialty Retail industry average of 8.0%.

See our latest analysis for Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad

KLSE:TGL Return on Capital Employed November 29th 2021

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

What Does the ROCE Trend For Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad Tell Us?

The returns on capital haven't changed much for Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad in recent years. The company has employed 22% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 8.5%. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

In Conclusion...

As we've seen above, Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. Since the stock has gained an impressive 71% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

On a final note, we've found 2 warning signs for Teo Guan Lee Corporation Berhad that we think you should be aware of.

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