Here's What's Concerning About Raffles Medical Group's (SGX:BSL) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 01, 2021
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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? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base 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. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Raffles Medical Group (SGX:BSL) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Raffles Medical Group:

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

0.063 = S$71m ÷ (S$1.4b - S$280m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, Raffles Medical Group has an ROCE of 6.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Healthcare industry average of 7.0%.

Check out our latest analysis for Raffles Medical Group

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SGX:BSL Return on Capital Employed July 1st 2021

In the above chart we have measured Raffles Medical Group's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Raffles Medical Group.

So How Is Raffles Medical Group's ROCE Trending?

In terms of Raffles Medical Group's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 12% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

Our Take On Raffles Medical Group's ROCE

Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by Raffles Medical Group's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 14% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

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