Investors Will Want Talos Energy's (NYSE:TALO) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 13, 2022
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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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, Talos Energy (NYSE:TALO) 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 Talos Energy:

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

0.0027 = US$5.8m ÷ (US$2.8b - US$601m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Talos Energy has an ROCE of 0.3%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Oil and Gas industry average of 10%.

See our latest analysis for Talos Energy

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NYSE:TALO Return on Capital Employed April 13th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Talos Energy's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Talos Energy.

How Are Returns Trending?

We're delighted to see that Talos Energy is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making five years ago but is is now generating 0.3% on its capital. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 112% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, both common traits of a multi-bagger.

The Bottom Line

In summary, it's great to see that Talos Energy has managed to break into profitability and is continuing to reinvest in its business. And since the stock has fallen 35% over the last three years, there might be an opportunity here. That being the case, research into the company's current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.

If you'd like to know about the risks facing Talos Energy, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

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