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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Grupo Simec. de's (NYSEMKT:SIM) returns on capital, so let's have a look.
What is 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. The formula for this calculation on Grupo Simec. de is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.14 = Mex$5.5b ÷ (Mex$47b - Mex$8.8b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
So, Grupo Simec. de has an ROCE of 14%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 7.3% generated by the Metals and Mining industry.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Grupo Simec. de 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.
How Are Returns Trending?
The fact that Grupo Simec. de is now generating some pre-tax profits from its prior investments is very encouraging. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 14% which is a sight for sore eyes. In addition to that, Grupo Simec. de is employing 42% more capital than previously which is expected of a company that's trying to break into profitability. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, both common traits of a multi-bagger.
The Bottom Line On Grupo Simec. de's ROCE
Overall, Grupo Simec. de gets a big tick from us thanks in most part to the fact that it is now profitable and is reinvesting in its business. Since the stock has returned a solid 97% to shareholders over the last five years, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize 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.
If you'd like to know more about Grupo Simec. de, we've spotted 2 warning signs, and 1 of them doesn't sit too well with us.
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