Investors Met With Slowing Returns on Capital At Sdiptech (STO:SDIP B)

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 15, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at Sdiptech (STO:SDIP B) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

What is 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 Sdiptech:

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

0.087 = kr364m ÷ (kr4.9b - kr751m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, Sdiptech has an ROCE of 8.7%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 9.2%.

See our latest analysis for Sdiptech

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OM:SDIP B Return on Capital Employed January 15th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Sdiptech 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.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Sdiptech's historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. The company has employed 417% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 8.7%. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.

The Bottom Line On Sdiptech's ROCE

As we've seen above, Sdiptech's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. Investors must think there's better things to come because the stock has knocked it out of the park, delivering a 926% gain to shareholders who have held over the last three 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.

If you'd like to know more about Sdiptech, we've spotted 2 warning signs, and 1 of them is potentially serious.

While Sdiptech 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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