# Ways ElectronLtd (SHSE:605218) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

Simply Wall St ·  07/30 19:17

There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base 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 briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Ways ElectronLtd (SHSE:605218) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

## 資本僱用回報率（ROCE）是什麼？

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. The formula for this calculation on Ways ElectronLtd is:

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

0.052 = CN¥68m ÷ (CN¥1.9b - CN¥548m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

0.052 = CN¥6800萬÷（CN ¥19億 - CN¥548m）（基於過去12個月至2024年3月）。

Therefore, Ways ElectronLtd has an ROCE of 5.2%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 5.2%.

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Ways ElectronLtd's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Ways ElectronLtd has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of Ways ElectronLtd's past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

## Ways ElectronLtd的ROCE趨勢告訴我們什麼？

In terms of Ways ElectronLtd's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 29%, but since then they've fallen to 5.2%. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a side note, Ways ElectronLtd has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 29% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Some would claim this reduces the business' efficiency at generating ROCE since it is now funding more of the operations with its own money.

## 最後，同等資本下回報率較低的趨勢通常不是我們關注創業板股票的最佳信號。由於這些發展進行良好，因此投資者不太可能表現友好。自五年前以來，該股下跌了32%。除非這些指標朝着更積極的軌跡轉變，否則我們將繼續尋找其他股票。

While returns have fallen for Ways ElectronLtd in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 26% to shareholders over the last three years. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we would look further into this stock to make sure the other metrics justify the positive view.

One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with Ways ElectronLtd (at least 1 which shouldn't be ignored) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

While Ways ElectronLtd isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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