United Wire Factories' (TADAWUL:1301) Returns Have Hit A Wall

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 24, 2021
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. However, after investigating United Wire Factories (TADAWUL:1301), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for United Wire Factories:

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

0.18 = ر.س79m ÷ (ر.س536m - ر.س86m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

Thus, United Wire Factories has an ROCE of 18%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Metals and Mining industry average of 8.4% it's much better.

View our latest analysis for United Wire Factories

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SASE:1301 Return on Capital Employed May 25th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for United Wire Factories' ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how United Wire Factories has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

Over the past five years, United Wire Factories' ROCE and capital employed have both remained mostly flat. Businesses with these traits tend to be mature and steady operations because they're past the growth phase. With that in mind, unless investment picks up again in the future, we wouldn't expect United Wire Factories to be a multi-bagger going forward.

In Conclusion...

In summary, United Wire Factories 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 66% over the last five years. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with United Wire Factories (including 2 which are potentially serious) .

While United Wire Factories may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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