Götenehus Group (STO:GHUS B) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 11, 2022
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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. However, after investigating Götenehus Group (STO:GHUS B), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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

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. The formula for this calculation on Götenehus Group is:

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

0.064 = kr37m ÷ (kr1.0b - kr432m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Götenehus Group has an ROCE of 6.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Consumer Durables industry average of 12%.

See our latest analysis for Götenehus Group

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OM:GHUS B Return on Capital Employed May 11th 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'd like to look at how Götenehus Group has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Götenehus Group, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 6.4% from 15% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Götenehus Group's current liabilities are still rather high at 43% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Key Takeaway

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Götenehus Group. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 27% in the last five years. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

Götenehus Group does come with some risks though, we found 4 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable...

While Götenehus Group may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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