Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At ASM International (AMS:ASM)

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 26, 2021
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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? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at ASM International (AMS:ASM) so let's look a bit deeper.

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

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for ASM International:

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

0.20 = €398m ÷ (€2.4b - €348m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, ASM International has an ROCE of 20%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 6.8% generated by the Semiconductor industry.

See our latest analysis for ASM International

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ENXTAM:ASM Return on Capital Employed September 27th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for ASM International compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

ASM International's ROCE growth is quite impressive. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 510% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. 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. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

The Key Takeaway

To bring it all together, ASM International has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing ASM International that you might find interesting.

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