Maanshan Iron & Steel (HKG:323) capital returns rise

If you’re looking for a multi-bagger, there are a few things to watch out for. Among other things, we will want to see two things; first, growth come back on capital employed (ROCE) and on the other hand, an expansion of the amount capital employed. Basically, this means that a business has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a hallmark of a blending machine. So on that note, Maanshan Iron and Steel (HKG:323) looks quite promising in terms of its capital return trends.

Return on capital employed (ROCE): what is it?

Just to clarify if you’re not sure, ROCE is a measure of the pre-tax income (as a percentage) that a business earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Maanshan Iron & Steel is:

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

0.14 = CN¥6.7b ÷ (CN¥91b – CN¥45b) (Based on the last twelve months to March 2022).

Therefore, Maanshan Iron & Steel has a ROCE of 14%. This is a fairly standard return and is in line with the industry average of 14%.

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SEHK:323 Return on capital employed June 28, 2022

In the chart above, we measured Maanshan Iron & Steel’s past ROCE against its past performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you wish, you can view analyst forecasts covering Maanshan Iron & Steel here for free.

What does the ROCE trend tell us for Maanshan Iron & Steel?

We love the trends we see at Maanshan Iron & Steel. Figures show that over the past five years, returns generated on capital employed have increased significantly to 14%. The amount of capital employed also increased by 27%. Increasing returns on an increasing amount of capital are common among multi-baggers and that’s why we’re impressed.

Another thing to note, Maanshan Iron & Steel has a high current liabilities to total assets ratio of 49%. This may entail certain risks, since the company is essentially dependent on its suppliers or other types of short-term creditors. Ideally, we would like this to decrease, as this would mean fewer risky bonds.

What we can learn from Maanshan Iron & Steel’s ROCE

In summary, it is good to see that Maanshan Iron & Steel can generate returns by constantly reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, as these are some of the key ingredients in these highly sought after multi-baggers. Given that the stock has returned 15% to its shareholders over the past five years, it may be fair to assume that investors are not yet fully aware of the promising trends. Given this, we would take a closer look at this stock in case it has more traits that can make it multiply in the long run.

One more thing to note, we have identified 2 warning signs with Maanshan Iron & Steel and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Although Maanshan Iron & Steel does not currently generate the highest returns, we have compiled a list of companies that currently generate over 25% return on equity. look at this free list here.

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