Neways Electronics International (AMS:NEWAY) Will Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 17, 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. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base 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. However, after investigating Neways Electronics International (AMS:NEWAY), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Neways Electronics International:

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

0.033 = €4.5m ÷ (€234m - €100m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, Neways Electronics International has an ROCE of 3.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electronic industry average of 12%.

Check out our latest analysis for Neways Electronics International

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ENXTAM:NEWAY Return on Capital Employed April 18th 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're interested in investigating Neways Electronics International's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Neways Electronics International's ROCE Trend?

In terms of Neways Electronics International's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 3.3% from 9.2% five years ago. And considering revenue has dropped while employing more capital, we'd be cautious. If this were to continue, you might be looking at a company that is trying to reinvest for growth but is actually losing market share since sales haven't increased.

On a side note, Neways Electronics International's current liabilities are still rather high at 43% of total assets. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

In Conclusion...

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by Neways Electronics International's diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. But investors must be expecting an improvement of sorts because over the last five yearsthe stock has delivered a respectable 48% return. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Neways Electronics International that we think you should be aware of.

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