Investors Should Be Encouraged By Capricorn Metals' (ASX:CMM) Returns On Capital
Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of Capricorn Metals (ASX:CMM) we really liked what we saw.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Capricorn Metals:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.28 = AU$129m ÷ (AU$491m - AU$33m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2022).
So, Capricorn Metals has an ROCE of 28%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 11% earned by companies in a similar industry.
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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Capricorn Metals compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
Capricorn Metals has recently broken into profitability so their prior investments seem to be paying off. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making five years ago but is is now generating 28% on its capital. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 1,104% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.
Long story short, we're delighted to see that Capricorn Metals' reinvestment activities have paid off and the company is now profitable. Since the stock has returned a staggering 1,363% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Capricorn Metals can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.
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Capricorn Metals Ltd explores for, evaluates, and develops mineral properties in Australia and Madagascar.
Reasonable growth potential with proven track record.Capricorn MetalsReturn on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)Capricorn Metals has an ROCE of 28%. free1 warning signfreefair value estimates, risks and warnings, dividends, insider transactions and financial health.Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content?Get in touch with us directly.We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice.