Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) Has More To Do To Multiply In Value Going Forward

August 09, 2022
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, 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. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

What Is 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. The formula for this calculation on Hanesbrands is:

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

0.19 = US$895m ÷ (US$6.9b - US$2.1b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2022).

So, Hanesbrands has an ROCE of 19%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Luxury industry average of 15% it's much better.

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NYSE:HBI Return on Capital Employed August 9th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Hanesbrands compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Hanesbrands.

How Are Returns Trending?

There hasn't been much to report for Hanesbrands' returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. It's not uncommon to see this when looking at a mature and stable business that isn't re-investing its earnings because it has likely passed that phase of the business cycle. So unless we see a substantial change at Hanesbrands in terms of ROCE and additional investments being made, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger. This probably explains why Hanesbrands is paying out 37% of its income to shareholders in the form of dividends. Given the business isn't reinvesting in itself, it makes sense to distribute a portion of earnings among shareholders.

In Conclusion...

In summary, Hanesbrands isn't compounding its earnings but is generating stable returns on the same amount of capital employed. And in the last five years, the stock has given away 43% 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 more thing: We've identified 2 warning signs with Hanesbrands (at least 1 which can't be ignored) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

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