Returns At First Resources (SGX:EB5) Are On The Way Up

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 21, 2021
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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. 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at First Resources (SGX:EB5) so let's look a bit deeper.

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

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for First Resources:

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

0.13 = US$180m ÷ (US$1.7b - US$355m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, First Resources has an ROCE of 13%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Food industry average of 12%.

Check out our latest analysis for First Resources

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SGX:EB5 Return on Capital Employed October 22nd 2021

In the above chart we have measured First Resources' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. 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 First Resources' ROCE Trend?

First Resources has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 45% in that same time. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company's efficiencies. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. The current liabilities has increased to 21% of total assets, so the business is now more funded by the likes of its suppliers or short-term creditors. Keep an eye out for future increases because when the ratio of current liabilities to total assets gets particularly high, this can introduce some new risks for the business.

In Conclusion...

To sum it up, First Resources is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. Since the stock has only returned 12% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. Given that, we'd look further into this stock in case it has more traits that could make it multiply in the long term.

If you'd like to know more about First Resources, we've spotted 2 warning signs, and 1 of them is a bit concerning.

While First Resources 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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