The Returns On Capital At National Gas & Industerialization (TADAWUL:2080) Don't Inspire Confidence

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 10, 2021
SASE:2080
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. 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. Although, when we looked at National Gas & Industerialization (TADAWUL:2080), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. The formula for this calculation on National Gas & Industerialization is:

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

0.033 = ر.س65m ÷ (ر.س2.5b - ر.س500m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, National Gas & Industerialization has an ROCE of 3.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Gas Utilities industry average of 8.5%.

Check out our latest analysis for National Gas & Industerialization

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SASE:2080 Return on Capital Employed November 11th 2021

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you'd like to look at how National Gas & Industerialization has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For National Gas & Industerialization Tell Us?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at National Gas & Industerialization doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 9.2% over the last five years. However it looks like National Gas & Industerialization might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, National Gas & Industerialization is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 131% 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.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with National Gas & Industerialization and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

While National Gas & Industerialization isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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