SATS (SGX:S58) Will Be Hoping To Turn Its Returns On Capital Around

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 21, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Having said that, from a first glance at SATS (SGX:S58) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

What is 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 SATS:

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

0.0068 = S$17m ÷ (S$3.0b - S$483m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, SATS has an ROCE of 0.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Infrastructure industry average of 6.1%.

Check out our latest analysis for SATS

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SGX:S58 Return on Capital Employed March 21st 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for SATS compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for SATS.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

When we looked at the ROCE trend at SATS, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 13% 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's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

In Conclusion...

To conclude, we've found that SATS is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Additionally, the stock's total return to shareholders over the last five years has been flat, which isn't too surprising. Therefore based on the analysis done in this article, we don't think SATS has the makings of a multi-bagger.

SATS does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for SATS that you might be interested in.

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