Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount 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. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Citic Pacific Special Steel Group's (SZSE:000708) look very promising so lets take a look.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
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. To calculate this metric for Citic Pacific Special Steel Group, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.20 = CN¥9.8b ÷ (CN¥91b - CN¥42b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
So, Citic Pacific Special Steel Group has an ROCE of 20%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Metals and Mining industry average of 8.8%.
See our latest analysis for Citic Pacific Special Steel GroupSZSE:000708 Return on Capital Employed September 28th 2022
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Citic Pacific Special Steel Group 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 Citic Pacific Special Steel Group here for free.
What Does the ROCE Trend For Citic Pacific Special Steel Group Tell Us?
We like the trends that we're seeing from Citic Pacific Special Steel Group. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 20%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 1,151%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Citic Pacific Special Steel Group has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 46%, which we'd consider pretty high. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
The Bottom Line
In summary, it's great to see that Citic Pacific Special Steel Group can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Since the stock has returned a staggering 164% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.
Citic Pacific Special Steel Group does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Citic Pacific Special Steel Group that you might be interested in.
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