If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So when we looked at ADF Group (TSE:DRX) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
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 ADF Group:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.11 = CA$19m ÷ (CA$235m - CA$59m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2022).
So, ADF Group has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Metals and Mining industry average of 1.6% it's much better.
Check out our latest analysis for ADF Group
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 want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of ADF Group, check out these free graphs here.
The Trend Of ROCE
Investors would be pleased with what's happening at ADF Group. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 11%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 33%. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at ADF Group thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.
The Bottom Line On ADF Group's ROCE
All in all, it's terrific to see that ADF Group is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Considering the stock has delivered 12% to its stockholders over the last five years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.
One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with ADF Group (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant) .
While ADF 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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