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Returns On Capital At Millicom International Cellular (NASDAQ:TIGO) Have Hit The Brakes

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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? 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. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Having said that, from a first glance at Millicom International Cellular (NASDAQ:TIGO) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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 Millicom International Cellular, this is the formula:

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

0.065 = US$795m ÷ (US$14b - US$2.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

Thus, Millicom International Cellular has an ROCE of 6.5%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 6.1%, it's still a low return by itself.

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NasdaqGS:TIGO Return on Capital Employed September 26th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Millicom International Cellular's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Millicom International Cellular's historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 6.5% and the business has deployed 71% more capital into its operations. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don't provide a high return on capital.

In Conclusion...

As we've seen above, Millicom International Cellular's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. It seems that investors have little hope of these trends getting any better and that may have partly contributed to the stock collapsing 75% in the last five years. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Millicom International Cellular (including 2 which are a bit unpleasant) .

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What are the risks and opportunities for Millicom International Cellular?

Millicom International Cellular S.A. provides cable and mobile services in Latin America and Africa.

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  • Trading at 77% below our estimate of its fair value

  • Earnings are forecast to grow 19.54% per year

  • Became profitable this year


  • Interest payments are not well covered by earnings

  • Shareholders have been substantially diluted in the past year

  • Large one-off items impacting financial results

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Millicom International Cellular

Millicom International Cellular S.A. provides cable and mobile services in Latin America and Africa.

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Undervalued with limited growth.