Eastern Province Cement (TADAWUL:3080) Hasn't Managed To Accelerate Its Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 15, 2022
SASE:3080
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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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. However, after investigating Eastern Province Cement (TADAWUL:3080), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Eastern Province Cement:

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

0.089 = ر.س224m ÷ (ر.س2.7b - ر.س222m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Eastern Province Cement has an ROCE of 8.9%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 9.4%, it's still a low return by itself.

View our latest analysis for Eastern Province Cement

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SASE:3080 Return on Capital Employed January 15th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Eastern Province Cement's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

There hasn't been much to report for Eastern Province Cement'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 unless we see a substantial change at Eastern Province Cement in terms of ROCE and additional investments being made, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger. That being the case, it makes sense that Eastern Province Cement has been paying out 95% of its earnings to its shareholders. If the company is in fact lacking growth opportunities, that's one of the viable alternatives for the money.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, Eastern Province Cement has been trudging along with the same returns from the same amount of capital over the last five years. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 100% 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.

Eastern Province Cement does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Eastern Province Cement that you might be interested in.

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