Saudi Ceramic (TADAWUL:2040) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 14, 2021
SASE:2040
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. In light of that, when we looked at Saudi Ceramic (TADAWUL:2040) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. To calculate this metric for Saudi Ceramic, this is the formula:

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

0.10 = ر.س220m ÷ (ر.س2.8b - ر.س637m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Saudi Ceramic has an ROCE of 10%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 11% generated by the Building industry.

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SASE:2040 Return on Capital Employed October 14th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Saudi Ceramic's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Saudi Ceramic here for free.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Things have been pretty stable at Saudi Ceramic, with its capital employed and returns on that capital staying somewhat the same for the last five years. Businesses with these traits tend to be mature and steady operations because they're past the growth phase. So unless we see a substantial change at Saudi Ceramic in terms of ROCE and additional investments being made, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger. With fewer investment opportunities, it makes sense that Saudi Ceramic has been paying out a decent 57% of its earnings to shareholders. Given the business isn't reinvesting in itself, it makes sense to distribute a portion of earnings among shareholders.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, Saudi Ceramic has been trudging along with the same returns from the same amount of capital over the last five years. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 319% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

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