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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So on that note, Telia Company (STO:TELIA) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Telia Company:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.052 = kr11b ÷ (kr247b - kr42b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
So, Telia Company has an ROCE of 5.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Telecom industry average of 8.1%.
In the above chart we have measured Telia Company's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Telia Company here for free.
What Can We Tell From Telia Company's ROCE Trend?
Telia Company has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 37% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.
To sum it up, Telia Company is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. Considering the stock has delivered 16% to its stockholders over the last five years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. So exploring more about this stock could uncover a good opportunity, if the valuation and other metrics stack up.
Telia Company does have some risks though, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Telia Company that you might be interested in.
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