Stolt-Nielsen (OB:SNI) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital

Published
June 28, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So on that note, Stolt-Nielsen (OB:SNI) 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 Stolt-Nielsen is:

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

0.07 = US$260m ÷ (US$4.6b - US$940m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to February 2022).

Therefore, Stolt-Nielsen has an ROCE of 7.0%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 7.4%, it's still a low return by itself.

See our latest analysis for Stolt-Nielsen

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OB:SNI Return on Capital Employed June 28th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Stolt-Nielsen 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 Does the ROCE Trend For Stolt-Nielsen Tell Us?

Stolt-Nielsen is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 35% over the last five years. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, we're delighted to see that Stolt-Nielsen has been able to increase efficiencies and earn higher rates of return on the same amount of capital. Since the stock has returned a staggering 106% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Stolt-Nielsen can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

Stolt-Nielsen does have some risks, we noticed 3 warning signs (and 2 which don't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

While Stolt-Nielsen isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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