What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So, when we ran our eye over I Jang IndustrialLtd's (GTSM:8342) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.
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. The formula for this calculation on I Jang IndustrialLtd is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.19 = NT$152m ÷ (NT$1.7b - NT$859m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
Thus, I Jang IndustrialLtd has an ROCE of 19%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Consumer Durables industry average of 10% it's much better.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for I Jang IndustrialLtd's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of I Jang IndustrialLtd, check out these free graphs here.
The Trend Of ROCE
The trend of ROCE doesn't stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. The company has employed 20% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 19%. Since 19% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.
Another thing to note, I Jang IndustrialLtd has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 52%. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
Our Take On I Jang IndustrialLtd's ROCE
To sum it up, I Jang IndustrialLtd has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. And since the stock has risen strongly over the last three years, it appears the market might expect this trend to continue. So while the positive underlying trends may be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.
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