Returns On Capital Signal Difficult Times Ahead For Genting Malaysia Berhad (KLSE:GENM)




  • In Business
  • 2022-11-23 23:39:33Z
  • By Simply Wall St.
 

Ignoring the stock price of a company, what are the underlying trends that tell us a business is past the growth phase? Typically, we'll see the trend of both return on capital employed (ROCE) declining and this usually coincides with a decreasing amount of capital employed. Trends like this ultimately mean the business is reducing its investments and also earning less on what it has invested. So after glancing at the trends within Genting Malaysia Berhad (KLSE:GENM), we weren't too hopeful.

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 Genting Malaysia Berhad is:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.019 = RM478m ÷ (RM29b - RM3.0b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

So, Genting Malaysia Berhad has an ROCE of 1.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Hospitality industry average of 5.3%.

Check out our latest analysis for Genting Malaysia Berhad

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Genting Malaysia Berhad compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Genting Malaysia Berhad here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of Genting Malaysia Berhad's historical ROCE movements, the trend doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, the ROCE was 4.4% five years ago, but since then it has dropped noticeably. On top of that, it's worth noting that the amount of capital employed within the business has remained relatively steady. Since returns are falling and the business has the same amount of assets employed, this can suggest it's a mature business that hasn't had much growth in the last five years. If these trends continue, we wouldn't expect Genting Malaysia Berhad to turn into a multi-bagger.

The Bottom Line On Genting Malaysia Berhad's ROCE

In summary, it's unfortunate that Genting Malaysia Berhad is generating lower returns from the same amount of capital. Investors haven't taken kindly to these developments, since the stock has declined 36% from where it was five years ago. That being the case, unless the underlying trends revert to a more positive trajectory, we'd consider looking elsewhere.

Genting Malaysia Berhad does come with some risks though, we found 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...

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