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Here’s What’s Happening With Returns At D-Link (TPE:2332)

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at D-Link (TPE:2332) so let's look a bit deeper.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for D-Link:

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

0.0018 = NT$17m ÷ (NT$15b - NT$5.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

Thus, D-Link has an ROCE of 0.2%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Communications industry average of 9.8%.

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TSEC:2332 Return on Capital Employed March 5th 2021

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 want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of D-Link, check out these free graphs here.

What Can We Tell From D-Link's ROCE Trend?

It's great to see that D-Link has started to generate some pre-tax earnings from prior investments. Historically the company was generating losses but as we can see from the latest figures referenced above, they're now earning 0.2% on their capital employed. At first glance, it seems the business is getting more proficient at generating returns, because over the same period, the amount of capital employed has reduced by 29%. This could potentially mean that the company is selling some of its assets.

The Bottom Line On D-Link's ROCE

In a nutshell, we're pleased to see that D-Link has been able to generate higher returns from less capital. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if D-Link can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

Like most companies, D-Link does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

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About TWSE:2332

D-Link

D-Link Corporation researches, develops, and sells local area computer network systems, wireless local area computer networks, and spare parts for integrated circuits in Taiwan and internationally.

Excellent balance sheet with questionable track record.

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