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What Hotel Royal's (SGX:H12) Returns On Capital Can Tell Us

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If we're looking to avoid a business that is in decline, what are the trends that can warn us ahead of time? Typically, we'll see the trend of both return on capital employed (ROCE) declining and this usually coincides with a decreasing amount of capital employed. This indicates the company is producing less profit from its investments and its total assets are decreasing. On that note, looking into Hotel Royal (SGX:H12), we weren't too upbeat about how things were going.

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

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. The formula for this calculation on Hotel Royal is:

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

0.0062 = S$5.1m ÷ (S$834m - S$20m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

So, Hotel Royal has an ROCE of 0.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Hospitality industry average of 2.3%.

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SGX:H12 Return on Capital Employed November 18th 2020

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Hotel Royal's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Hotel Royal has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

So How Is Hotel Royal's ROCE Trending?

In terms of Hotel Royal's historical ROCE movements, the trend doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, the ROCE was 2.2% five years ago, but since then it has dropped noticeably. And on the capital employed front, the business is utilizing roughly the same amount of capital as it was back then. This combination can be indicative of a mature business that still has areas to deploy capital, but the returns received aren't as high due potentially to new competition or smaller margins. If these trends continue, we wouldn't expect Hotel Royal to turn into a multi-bagger.

Our Take On Hotel Royal's ROCE

All in all, the lower returns from the same amount of capital employed aren't exactly signs of a compounding machine. It should come as no surprise then that the stock has fallen 13% over the last five years, so it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With underlying trends that aren't great in these areas, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

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