Telkom SA SOC (JSE:TKG) Hasn't Managed To Accelerate Its Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 22, 2021
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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding 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, the ROCE of Telkom SA SOC (JSE:TKG) looks decent, right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.

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

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Telkom SA SOC:

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

0.11 = R5.0b ÷ (R64b - R17b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

Therefore, Telkom SA SOC has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Telecom industry average of 8.8% it's much better.

See our latest analysis for Telkom SA SOC

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JSE:TKG Return on Capital Employed November 23rd 2021

In the above chart we have measured Telkom SA SOC's 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 Telkom SA SOC here for free.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

The trend of ROCE doesn't stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. The company has consistently earned 11% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 39% in that time. Since 11% is a moderate ROCE though, it's good to see a business can continue to reinvest at these decent rates of return. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

What We Can Learn From Telkom SA SOC's ROCE

To sum it up, Telkom SA SOC has simply been reinvesting capital steadily, at those decent rates of return. However, despite the favorable fundamentals, the stock has fallen 16% over the last five years, so there might be an opportunity here for astute investors. That's why we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the fundamentals are appealing.

Telkom SA SOC could be trading at an attractive price in other respects, so you might find our free intrinsic value estimation on our platform quite valuable.

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