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Radiant Globaltech Berhad (KLSE:RGTECH) Is Reinvesting At Lower Rates Of Return

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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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base 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. In light of that, when we looked at Radiant Globaltech Berhad (KLSE:RGTECH) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

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 Radiant Globaltech Berhad is:

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

0.033 = RM2.2m ÷ (RM107m - RM40m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, Radiant Globaltech Berhad has an ROCE of 3.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electronic industry average of 11%.

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KLSE:RGTECH Return on Capital Employed April 6th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Radiant Globaltech Berhad's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Radiant Globaltech Berhad 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 Radiant Globaltech Berhad's ROCE Trend?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Radiant Globaltech Berhad doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 37% over the last five years. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a side note, Radiant Globaltech Berhad has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 37% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

What We Can Learn From Radiant Globaltech Berhad's ROCE

In summary, Radiant Globaltech Berhad is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. Since the stock has gained an impressive 40% over the last year, 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.

One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Radiant Globaltech Berhad (including 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) .

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