If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Unipro (MCX:UPRO) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Unipro, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.15 = ₽19b ÷ (₽139b - ₽8.5b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).
So, Unipro has an ROCE of 15%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 4.5% generated by the Renewable Energy industry.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Unipro compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Unipro here for free.
So How Is Unipro's ROCE Trending?
There hasn't been much to report for Unipro's returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. This tells us the company isn't reinvesting in itself, so it's plausible that it's past the growth phase. So don't be surprised if Unipro doesn't end up being a multi-bagger in a few years time. That probably explains why Unipro has been paying out 82% of its earnings as dividends to shareholders. Most shareholders probably know this and own the stock for its dividend.
Our Take On Unipro's ROCE
In summary, Unipro isn't compounding its earnings but is generating stable returns on the same amount of capital employed. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 44% over the last five years. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.
One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Unipro that you might find interesting.
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