There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's 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. Having said that, from a first glance at CMGE Technology Group (HKG:302) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.
Understanding 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 CMGE Technology Group:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.0008 = CN¥4.8m ÷ (CN¥7.1b - CN¥1.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2023).
Therefore, CMGE Technology Group has an ROCE of 0.08%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Entertainment industry average of 6.7%.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for CMGE Technology Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
The Trend Of ROCE
In terms of CMGE Technology Group's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 10% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.
What We Can Learn From CMGE Technology Group's ROCE
Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by CMGE Technology Group's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. Since the stock has declined 58% over the last three years, investors may not be too optimistic on this trend improving either. In any case, the stock doesn't have these traits of a multi-bagger discussed above, so if that's what you're looking for, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.
If you're still interested in CMGE Technology Group it's worth checking out our FREE intrinsic value approximation to see if it's trading at an attractive price in other respects.
While CMGE Technology Group 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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