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Investors Will Want Yamada Green Resources' (SGX:BJV) Growth In ROCE To Persist

If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So on that note, Yamada Green Resources (SGX:BJV) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Yamada Green Resources, this is the formula:

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

0.017 = CN¥5.5m ÷ (CN¥333m - CN¥8.0m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

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So, Yamada Green Resources has an ROCE of 1.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Food industry average of 8.6%.

Check out our latest analysis for Yamada Green Resources

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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 Yamada Green Resources has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of Yamada Green Resources' past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

We're delighted to see that Yamada Green Resources is reaping rewards from its investments and has now broken into profitability. The company was generating losses five years ago, but has managed to turn it around and as we saw earlier is now earning 1.7%, which is always encouraging. On top of that, what's interesting is that the amount of capital being employed has remained steady, so the business hasn't needed to put any additional money to work to generate these higher returns. That being said, while an increase in efficiency is no doubt appealing, it'd be helpful to know if the company does have any investment plans going forward. So if you're looking for high growth, you'll want to see a business's capital employed also increasing.

One more thing to note, Yamada Green Resources has decreased current liabilities to 2.4% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business' fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company's books.

In Conclusion...

As discussed above, Yamada Green Resources appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. Since the stock has returned a solid 9.4% to shareholders over the last year, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

Yamada Green Resources does have some risks, we noticed 4 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

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