Investors Should Be Encouraged By Grindrod Shipping Holdings' (NASDAQ:GRIN) Returns On Capital

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 15, 2022
NasdaqGS:GRIN
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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? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Grindrod Shipping Holdings' (NASDAQ:GRIN) look very promising so lets take a look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. The formula for this calculation on Grindrod Shipping Holdings is:

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

0.26 = US$141m ÷ (US$645m - US$100m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Grindrod Shipping Holdings has an ROCE of 26%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 14% earned by companies in a similar industry.

See our latest analysis for Grindrod Shipping Holdings

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NasdaqGS:GRIN Return on Capital Employed March 15th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Grindrod Shipping Holdings 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 Grindrod Shipping Holdings' ROCE Trending?

Grindrod Shipping Holdings has recently broken into profitability so their prior investments seem to be paying off. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 26% which is a sight for sore eyes. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Grindrod Shipping Holdings is utilizing 22% more capital than it was five years ago. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, both common traits of a multi-bagger.

Our Take On Grindrod Shipping Holdings' ROCE

To the delight of most shareholders, Grindrod Shipping Holdings has now broken into profitability. Since the stock has returned a staggering 326% to shareholders over the last three years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

One more thing: We've identified 5 warning signs with Grindrod Shipping Holdings (at least 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) , and understanding them would certainly be useful.

If you want to search for more stocks that have been earning high returns, check out this free list of stocks with solid balance sheets that are also earning high returns on equity.

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