AerSale (NASDAQ:ASLE) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 20, 2022
NasdaqCM:ASLE
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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? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So on that note, AerSale (NASDAQ:ASLE) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for AerSale:

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

0.10 = US$42m ÷ (US$487m - US$68m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, AerSale has an ROCE of 10.0%. In absolute terms, that's a low return, but it's much better than the Aerospace & Defense industry average of 8.3%.

View our latest analysis for AerSale

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NasdaqCM:ASLE Return on Capital Employed April 20th 2022

In the above chart we have measured AerSale's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering AerSale here for free.

The Trend Of ROCE

AerSale has recently broken into profitability so their prior investments seem to be paying off. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making four years ago but is is now generating 10.0% on its capital. In addition to that, AerSale is employing 71% more capital than previously which is expected of a company that's trying to break into profitability. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.

On a related note, the company's ratio of current liabilities to total assets has decreased to 14%, which basically reduces it's funding from the likes of short-term creditors or suppliers. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business' fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company's books.

The Key Takeaway

To the delight of most shareholders, AerSale has now broken into profitability. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 70% return over the last three years. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

On a final note, we've found 2 warning signs for AerSale that we think you should be aware of.

While AerSale isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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