Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Having said that, from a first glance at GOMAJI (GTSM:8472) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.
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 GOMAJI:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.08 = NT$46m ÷ (NT$1.1b - NT$566m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
Thus, GOMAJI has an ROCE of 8.0%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 8.0%.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for GOMAJI's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating GOMAJI's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What Can We Tell From GOMAJI's ROCE Trend?
In terms of GOMAJI's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 32%, but since then they've fallen to 8.0%. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.On a related note, GOMAJI has decreased its current liabilities to 50% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. What's more, this can reduce some aspects of risk to the business because now the company's suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of its operations. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE. Keep in mind 50% is still pretty high, so those risks are still somewhat prevalent.
Our Take On GOMAJI's ROCE
Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by GOMAJI's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 13% so the market doesn't look too hopeful on these trends strengthening any time soon. All in all, the inherent trends aren't typical of multi-baggers, so if that's what you're after, we think you might have more luck elsewhere.
One final note, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with GOMAJI (including 1 which is potentially serious) .
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