There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For NZ Windfarms' (NZSE:NWF) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 10, 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. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. So on that note, NZ Windfarms (NZSE:NWF) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on NZ Windfarms is:

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

0.17 = NZ$8.0m ÷ (NZ$54m - NZ$8.4m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, NZ Windfarms has an ROCE of 17%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Renewable Energy industry average of 2.7% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for NZ Windfarms

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NZSE:NWF Return on Capital Employed September 10th 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 want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of NZ Windfarms, check out these free graphs here.

So How Is NZ Windfarms' ROCE Trending?

It's great to see that NZ Windfarms has started to generate some pre-tax earnings from prior investments. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's turned around, earning 17% which is no doubt a relief for some early shareholders. At first glance, it seems the business is getting more proficient at generating returns, because over the same period, the amount of capital employed has reduced by 34%. NZ Windfarms could be selling under-performing assets since the ROCE is improving.

For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Effectively this means that suppliers or short-term creditors are now funding 16% of the business, which is more than it was five years ago. Keep an eye out for future increases because when the ratio of current liabilities to total assets gets particularly high, this can introduce some new risks for the business.

In Conclusion...

From what we've seen above, NZ Windfarms has managed to increase it's returns on capital all the while reducing it's capital base. Since the stock has returned a staggering 370% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

If you want to continue researching NZ Windfarms, you might be interested to know about the 4 warning signs that our analysis has discovered.

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