Friday, 1 April 2022

Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At Sims (ASX:SGM)

If you’re looking for a multi-bagger, there’s a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we’ve noticed some promising trends at Sims (ASX:SGM) so let’s look a bit deeper.
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. To calculate this metric for Sims, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed=Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.095=AU$285m ÷ (AU$3.8b – AU$831m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).
Thus, Sims has an ROCE of 9.5%. On its own, that’s a low figure but it’s around the 8.4% average generated by the Metals and Mining industry.
Check out our latest analysis for Sims


In the above chart we have measured Sims’ prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you’d like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Sims here for free.
So How Is Sims’ ROCE Trending?
While in absolute terms it isn’t a high ROCE, it’s promising to see that it has been moving in the right direction. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 9.5%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 42%. This can indicate that there’s plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that’s common among multi-baggers.
The Key Takeaway
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that’s what Sims has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.
On a final note, we found 3 warning signs for Sims (1 can’t be ignored) you should be aware of.
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