Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM)

Simply Wall St
December 08, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? 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. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Agnico Eagle Mines' (NYSE:AEM) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Understanding 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. The formula for this calculation on Agnico Eagle Mines is:

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

0.12 = US$1.1b ÷ (US$10b - US$884m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Thus, Agnico Eagle Mines has an ROCE of 12%. In isolation, that's a pretty standard return but against the Metals and Mining industry average of 17%, it's not as good.

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NYSE:AEM Return on Capital Employed December 8th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Agnico Eagle Mines compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

So How Is Agnico Eagle Mines' ROCE Trending?

The trends we've noticed at Agnico Eagle Mines are quite reassuring. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 12%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 37%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

The Key Takeaway

All in all, it's terrific to see that Agnico Eagle Mines is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Considering the stock has delivered 34% to its stockholders over the last five years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. So exploring more about this stock could uncover a good opportunity, if the valuation and other metrics stack up.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Agnico Eagle Mines that we think you should be aware of.

While Agnico Eagle Mines 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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