What Should You Know About Public Joint Stock Company Magnit’s (MCX:MGNT) Capital Returns?

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to better understand how you can grow your money by investing in Public Joint Stock Company Magnit (MCX:MGNT).

If you purchase a MGNT share you are effectively becoming a partner with many other shareholders. As a result, your investment is being put to work to fund operations and if you want to earn an attractive return on your investment, the business needs to be making an adequate amount of money from the funds you provide. Your return is tied to MGNT’s ability to do this because the amount earned is used to invest in opportunities to grow the business or payout dividends, which are the two sources of return on investment. Thus, to understand how your money can grow by investing in Magnit, you need to look at what the company returns to owners for the use of their capital, which can be done in many ways but today we will use return on capital employed (ROCE).

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Calculating Return On Capital Employed for MGNT

When you choose to invest in a company, there is an opportunity cost because that money could’ve been invested elsewhere. Therefore all else aside, your investment in a certain company represents a vote of confidence that the money used to buy the stock will grow larger than if invested elsewhere. So the business’ ability to grow the size of your capital is very important and can be assessed by comparing the return on capital you can get on your investment with a hurdle rate that depends on the other return possibilities you can identify. We’ll look at Magnit’s returns by computing return on capital employed, which will tell us what the company can generate from the money spent in operations. I have calculated Magnit’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for MGNT

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = RUруб45.2b ÷ (RUруб531.6b – RUруб175.5b) = 13%

As you can see, MGNT earned RUB12.7 from every RUB100 you invested over the previous twelve months. Comparing this to a healthy 15% benchmark shows Magnit is currently unable to return a desired amount to owners for the use of their capital, which isn’t favourable for investors who have forgone other potentially solid companies.

MISX:MGNT Last Perf October 21st 18
MISX:MGNT Last Perf October 21st 18

Why is this the case?

MGNT doesn’t return an attractive amount on capital, but this will only continue if the company is unable to increase earnings or decrease current capital requirements. Therefore, investors need to understand the trend of the inputs in the formula above, so that they can see if there is an opportunity to invest. If you go back three years, you’ll find that MGNT’s ROCE has decreased from 39%. The movement in the earnings variable over this time shows a fall from RUруб81.3b to RUруб45.2b whilst capital employed has increased due to a rise in total assets employed , which means the company’s ROCE has shrunk as a result of falling earnings and simultaneous increases in capital requirements.

Next Steps

Magnit’s ROCE has decreased in the recent past and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. However, it is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation. If you’re building your portfolio and want to take a deeper look, I’ve added a few links below that will help you further evaluate MGNT or move on to other alternatives.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MGNT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MGNT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is MGNT worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether MGNT is currently undervalued by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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