If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? 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. 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 when we looked at Onde (WSE:OND) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
Understanding 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. To calculate this metric for Onde, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.19 = zł71m ÷ (zł646m - zł277m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
So, Onde has an ROCE of 19%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Construction industry average of 13% it's much better.
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 Onde's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
How Are Returns Trending?
The trends we've noticed at Onde are quite reassuring. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last three years to 19%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 366%. 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.
On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Onde has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 43%, which we'd consider pretty high. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.
The Bottom Line
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Onde has. Given the stock has declined 60% in the last year, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.
One more thing to note, we've identified 1 warning sign with Onde and understanding this should be part of your investment process.
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Onde S.A. engages in the designing and construction solutions for the renewable energy sector in Poland and internationally.
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Adequate balance sheet with questionable track record.