AB Fagerhult (publ.) (STO:FAG) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 25, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after investigating AB Fagerhult (publ.) (STO:FAG), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on AB Fagerhult (publ.) is:

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

0.064 = kr668m ÷ (kr13b - kr2.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, AB Fagerhult (publ.) has an ROCE of 6.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electrical industry average of 12%.

Check out our latest analysis for AB Fagerhult (publ.)

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OM:FAG Return on Capital Employed March 25th 2022

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 want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of AB Fagerhult (publ.), check out these free graphs here.

The Trend Of ROCE

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at AB Fagerhult (publ.) doesn't inspire confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 14%, but since then they've fallen to 6.4%. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. 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, AB Fagerhult (publ.) is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. And investors appear hesitant that the trends will pick up because the stock has fallen 41% in the last five years. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

AB Fagerhult (publ.) does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for AB Fagerhult (publ.) that you might be interested in.

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