Should Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V.’s (NYSE:IBA) Weak Investment Returns Worry You?

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Today we’ll evaluate Industrias Bachoco, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:IBA) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. Specifically, we’re going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

First up, we’ll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Then we’ll compare its ROCE to similar companies. And finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is a measure of a company’s yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. In general, businesses with a higher ROCE are usually better quality. In brief, it is a useful tool, but it is not without drawbacks. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for Industrias Bachoco. de:

0.05 = Mex$2.2b ÷ (Mex$51b – Mex$6.4b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

Therefore, Industrias Bachoco. de has an ROCE of 5.0%.

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Is Industrias Bachoco. de’s ROCE Good?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Industrias Bachoco. de’s ROCE appears to be significantly below the 8.2% average in the Food industry. This performance could be negative if sustained, as it suggests the business may underperform its industry. Regardless of how Industrias Bachoco. de stacks up against its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms is quite low (especially compared to a bank account). Readers may wish to look for more rewarding investments.

We can see that , Industrias Bachoco. de currently has an ROCE of 5.0%, less than the 12% it reported 3 years ago. So investors might consider if it has had issues recently.

NYSE:IBA Past Revenue and Net Income, July 15th 2019
NYSE:IBA Past Revenue and Net Income, July 15th 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. Future performance is what matters, and you can see analyst predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Do Industrias Bachoco. de’s Current Liabilities Skew Its ROCE?

Current liabilities include invoices, such as supplier payments, short-term debt, or a tax bill, that need to be paid within 12 months. Due to the way ROCE is calculated, a high level of current liabilities makes a company look as though it has less capital employed, and thus can (sometimes unfairly) boost the ROCE. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

Industrias Bachoco. de has total assets of Mex$51b and current liabilities of Mex$6.4b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 12% of its total assets. This is not a high level of current liabilities, which would not boost the ROCE by much.

The Bottom Line On Industrias Bachoco. de’s ROCE

That’s not a bad thing, however Industrias Bachoco. de has a weak ROCE and may not be an attractive investment. Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than Industrias Bachoco. de. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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