What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. However, after investigating Techno Electric & Engineering (NSE:TECHNOE), we don’t think it’s current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
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 Techno Electric & Engineering, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.068 = ₹1.6b ÷ (₹27b – ₹3.8b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
Thus, Techno Electric & Engineering has an ROCE of 6.8%. Ultimately, that’s a low return and it under-performs the Construction industry average of 11%.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Techno Electric & Engineering compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Techno Electric & Engineering here for free.
So How Is Techno Electric & Engineering’s ROCE Trending?
In terms of Techno Electric & Engineering’s historical ROCE movements, the trend isn’t fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 6.8% from 19% five years ago. However it looks like Techno Electric & Engineering might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company’s sales haven’t changed much in the last 12 months. It’s worth keeping an eye on the company’s earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.
On a side note, Techno Electric & Engineering has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 14% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it’s own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.
The Bottom Line
Bringing it all together, while we’re somewhat encouraged by Techno Electric & Engineering’s reinvestment in its own business, we’re aware that returns are shrinking. Since the stock has gained an impressive 32% over the last three years, investors must think there’s better things to come. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn’t get our hopes up too high.
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