- OM:LIFCO B
Lifco (STO:LIFCO B) Knows How To Allocate Capital
If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing 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. With that in mind, the ROCE of Lifco (STO:LIFCO B) looks attractive right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.
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. To calculate this metric for Lifco, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.21 = kr4.0b ÷ (kr30b - kr11b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
So, Lifco has an ROCE of 21%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 9.9% earned by companies in a similar industry.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Lifco compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
What Can We Tell From Lifco's ROCE Trend?
In terms of Lifco's history of ROCE, it's quite impressive. The company has employed 151% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 21%. Now considering ROCE is an attractive 21%, this combination is actually pretty appealing because it means the business can consistently put money to work and generate these high returns. If Lifco can keep this up, we'd be very optimistic about its future.
The Bottom Line
In the end, the company has proven it can reinvest it's capital at high rates of returns, which you'll remember is a trait of a multi-bagger. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 219% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So even though the stock might be more "expensive" than it was before, we think the strong fundamentals warrant this stock for further research.
One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Lifco that you might find interesting.
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About OM:LIFCO B
Lifco AB (publ) engages in the dental, demolition and tools, and systems solutions businesses in Sweden, Norway, Germany, rest of Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, Italy, North America, and internationally.
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