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Investors Will Want RCL Foods' (JSE:RCL) Growth In ROCE To Persist
If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at RCL Foods (JSE:RCL) so let's look a bit deeper.
What Is 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 RCL Foods, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.084 = R1.2b ÷ (R26b - R12b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to January 2023).
Therefore, RCL Foods has an ROCE of 8.4%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 7.7%, it's still a low return by itself.
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In the above chart we have measured RCL Foods' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering RCL Foods here for free.
The Trend Of ROCE
RCL Foods' ROCE growth is quite impressive. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 62% over the last five years. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company's efficiencies. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.
For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Effectively this means that suppliers or short-term creditors are now funding 47% of the business, which is more than it was five years ago. And with current liabilities at those levels, that's pretty high.
Our Take On RCL Foods' ROCE
As discussed above, RCL Foods appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 20% in the last five years. That being the case, research into the company's current valuation metrics and future prospects seems fitting.
On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for RCL Foods that we think you should be aware of.
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RCL Foods Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the food business in South Africa.
Adequate balance sheet with moderate growth potential.