To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base 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. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of Yadea Group Holdings (HKG:1585) we really liked what we saw.
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 Yadea Group Holdings, this is the formula:
0.28 = CN¥1.7b ÷ (CN¥22b - CN¥16b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
Thus, Yadea Group Holdings has an ROCE of 28%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Auto industry average of 1.6%.
See our latest analysis for Yadea Group HoldingsSEHK:1585 Return on Capital Employed September 5th 2022
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Yadea Group Holdings 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 Yadea Group Holdings here for free.
What Can We Tell From Yadea Group Holdings' ROCE Trend?
Yadea Group Holdings is displaying some positive trends. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 28%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 165%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.
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 73% of the business, which is more than it was five years ago. And with current liabilities at those levels, that's pretty high.
All in all, it's terrific to see that Yadea Group Holdings is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Yadea Group Holdings can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.
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