What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. So when we looked at Sunrex Technology (TPE:2387) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
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. To calculate this metric for Sunrex Technology, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.14 = NT$1.4b ÷ (NT$21b – NT$11b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
So, Sunrex Technology has an ROCE of 14%. In absolute terms, that’s a pretty normal return, and it’s somewhat close to the Tech industry average of 12%.
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In the above chart we have measured Sunrex Technology’s prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you’re interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
How Are Returns Trending?
Sunrex Technology’s ROCE growth is quite impressive. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 46% over the last five years. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company’s efficiencies. On that front, things are looking good so it’s worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.
For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company’s current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. Effectively this means that suppliers or short-term creditors are now funding 52% of the business, which is more than it was five years ago. Given it’s pretty high ratio, we’d remind investors that having current liabilities at those levels can bring about some risks in certain businesses.
The Bottom Line On Sunrex Technology’s ROCE
To bring it all together, Sunrex Technology has done well to increase the returns it’s generating from its capital employed. Since the stock has returned a staggering 292% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.
On a final note, we’ve found 3 warning signs for Sunrex Technology that we think you should be aware of.
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