Returns On Capital At Jowell Global (NASDAQ:JWEL) Paint A Concerning Picture

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 22, 2022
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Although, when we looked at Jowell Global (NASDAQ:JWEL), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding 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. To calculate this metric for Jowell Global, this is the formula:

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

0.07 = US$3.4m ÷ (US$66m - US$18m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

So, Jowell Global has an ROCE of 7.0%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Online Retail industry average of 12%.

See our latest analysis for Jowell Global

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NasdaqCM:JWEL Return on Capital Employed March 22nd 2022

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Jowell Global's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Jowell Global's ROCE Trend?

In terms of Jowell Global's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last two years, returns on capital have decreased to 7.0% from 55% two years ago. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Jowell Global has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 27% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. What's more, this can reduce some aspects of risk to the business because now the company's suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of its operations. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Jowell Global is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. However, despite the promising trends, the stock has fallen 69% over the last year, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

One more thing to note, we've identified 5 warning signs with Jowell Global and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

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