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Here's What To Make Of Schnitzer Steel Industries' (NASDAQ:SCHN) Decelerating Rates Of Return

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing 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. However, after investigating Schnitzer Steel Industries (NASDAQ:SCHN), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

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. To calculate this metric for Schnitzer Steel Industries, this is the formula:

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

0.089 = US$135m ÷ (US$1.8b - US$309m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to November 2022).

So, Schnitzer Steel Industries has an ROCE of 8.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Metals and Mining industry average of 15%.

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NasdaqGS:SCHN Return on Capital Employed March 14th 2023

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Schnitzer Steel Industries 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 Schnitzer Steel Industries.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

In terms of Schnitzer Steel Industries' historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 8.9% and the business has deployed 86% more capital into its operations. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

In Conclusion...

As we've seen above, Schnitzer Steel Industries' returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. And investors may be recognizing these trends since the stock has only returned a total of 6.8% to shareholders over the last five years. So if you're looking for a multi-bagger, the underlying trends indicate you may have better chances elsewhere.

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What are the risks and opportunities for Schnitzer Steel Industries?

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. recycles ferrous and nonferrous metal, and manufactures finished steel products worldwide.

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  • Price-To-Earnings ratio (7.6x) is below the US market (13.8x)


  • Profit margins (3.2%) are lower than last year (6.4%)

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