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# Kanpai (GTSM:1269) Has Some Way To Go To Become A Multi-Bagger

What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after investigating Kanpai (GTSM:1269), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

### Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Kanpai, this is the formula:

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

0.095 = NT\$151m ÷ (NT\$2.3b - NT\$730m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, Kanpai has an ROCE of 9.5%. On its own that's a low return, but compared to the average of 7.7% generated by the Hospitality industry, it's much better.

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While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Kanpai's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

### What Can We Tell From Kanpai's ROCE Trend?

In terms of Kanpai's historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 9.5% and the business has deployed 113% more capital into its operations. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.

### The Key Takeaway

As we've seen above, Kanpai's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. And in the last three years, the stock has given away 15% 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.

One more thing, we've spotted 2 warning signs facing Kanpai that you might find interesting.

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