If you’re looking for a multi-bagger, there’s a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. In light of that, when we looked at Royale Home Holdings (HKG:1198) and its ROCE trend, we weren’t exactly thrilled.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Royale Home Holdings:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.023 = HK$93m ÷ (HK$6.1b – HK$2.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
Therefore, Royale Home Holdings has an ROCE of 2.3%. Ultimately, that’s a low return and it under-performs the Consumer Durables industry average of 10%.
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While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you’re interested in investigating Royale Home Holdings’ past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
So How Is Royale Home Holdings’ ROCE Trending?
The returns on capital haven’t changed much for Royale Home Holdings in recent years. The company has employed 177% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 2.3%. 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.
The Bottom Line
In summary, Royale Home Holdings has simply been reinvesting capital and generating the same low rate of return as before. Investors must think there’s better things to come because the stock has knocked it out of the park, delivering a 329% gain to shareholders who have held over the last five years. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn’t high.
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