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Investors Will Want Kencana Agri's (SGX:BNE) Growth In ROCE To Persist

To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base 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 Kencana Agri (SGX:BNE) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Kencana Agri, this is the formula:

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

0.046 = US$8.8m ÷ (US$293m - US$104m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

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Thus, Kencana Agri has an ROCE of 4.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Food industry average of 7.6%.

Check out our latest analysis for Kencana Agri

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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'd like to look at how Kencana Agri has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of Kencana Agri's past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

The Trend Of ROCE

While there are companies with higher returns on capital out there, we still find the trend at Kencana Agri promising. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 97% over the last five years. So it's likely that the business is now reaping the full benefits of its past investments, since the capital employed hasn't changed considerably. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

The Bottom Line

To bring it all together, Kencana Agri has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 56% in the last five years. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

One more thing to note, we've identified 1 warning sign with Kencana Agri and understanding this should be part of your investment process.

If you want to search for solid companies with great earnings, check out this free list of companies with good balance sheets and impressive returns on equity.

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