Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At BW Energy (OB:BWE)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2022
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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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So on that note, BW Energy (OB:BWE) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

What is 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 BW Energy is:

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

0.12 = US$98m ÷ (US$958m - US$103m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, BW Energy has an ROCE of 12%. That's a pretty standard return and it's in line with the industry average of 12%.

View our latest analysis for BW Energy

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OB:BWE Return on Capital Employed May 13th 2022

In the above chart we have measured BW Energy's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

BW Energy is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last three years to 12%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 233%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.

One more thing to note, BW Energy has decreased current liabilities to 11% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. So this improvement in ROCE has come from the business' underlying economics, which is great to see.

The Bottom Line

All in all, it's terrific to see that BW Energy is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Investors may not be impressed by the favorable underlying trends yet because over the last year the stock has only returned 4.9% to shareholders. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.

On the other side of ROCE, we have to consider valuation. That's why we have a FREE intrinsic value estimation on our platform that is definitely worth checking out.

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