To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding 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. However, after investigating Zhiyang Innovation Technology (SHSE:688191), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Zhiyang Innovation Technology:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.0069 = CN¥6.0m ÷ (CN¥1.3b - CN¥398m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2023).
Thus, Zhiyang Innovation Technology has an ROCE of 0.7%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Electrical industry average of 6.6%.
See our latest analysis for Zhiyang Innovation Technology
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'd like to look at how Zhiyang Innovation Technology has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
The Trend Of ROCE
In terms of Zhiyang Innovation Technology's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 19%, but since then they've fallen to 0.7%. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.
The Bottom Line On Zhiyang Innovation Technology's ROCE
To conclude, we've found that Zhiyang Innovation Technology is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 51% over the last year. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.
One final note, you should learn about the 5 warning signs we've spotted with Zhiyang Innovation Technology (including 2 which are significant) .
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