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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Although, when we looked at Café de Coral Holdings (HKG:341), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.
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 Café de Coral Holdings:
0.018 = HK$91m ÷ (HK$6.9b - HK$1.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Therefore, Café de Coral Holdings has an ROCE of 1.8%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Hospitality industry average of 2.9%.
Check out our latest analysis for Café de Coral HoldingsSEHK:341 Return on Capital Employed September 26th 2022
In the above chart we have measured Café de Coral Holdings' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Café de Coral Holdings.
The Trend Of ROCE
On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Café de Coral Holdings doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 1.8% from 17% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.
What We Can Learn From Café de Coral Holdings' ROCE
While returns have fallen for Café de Coral Holdings in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And there could be an opportunity here if other metrics look good too, because the stock has declined 50% in the last five years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.
One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with Café de Coral Holdings and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
While Café de Coral Holdings may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.
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