If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount 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. Although, when we looked at AEWIN TechnologiesLtd (GTSM:3564), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
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. The formula for this calculation on AEWIN TechnologiesLtd is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.066 = NT$77m ÷ (NT$1.7b - NT$520m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
Thus, AEWIN TechnologiesLtd has an ROCE of 6.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Software industry average of 18%.
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 AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
So How Is AEWIN TechnologiesLtd's ROCE Trending?
On the surface, the trend of ROCE at AEWIN TechnologiesLtd doesn't inspire confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 19%, but since then they've fallen to 6.6%. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.
The Bottom Line
In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that AEWIN TechnologiesLtd is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 48% in the last five years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.
One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with AEWIN TechnologiesLtd (at least 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.
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