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The Return Trends At Oceanus Group (SGX:579) Look Promising

What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So when we looked at Oceanus Group (SGX:579) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

What Is 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 Oceanus Group, this is the formula:

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

0.064 = S$5.4m ÷ (S$185m - S$99m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

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Thus, Oceanus Group has an ROCE of 6.4%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 7.6% average generated by the Food industry.

View our latest analysis for Oceanus Group

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Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Oceanus Group's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Oceanus Group has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of Oceanus Group's past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

So How Is Oceanus Group's ROCE Trending?

The fact that Oceanus Group is now generating some pre-tax profits from its prior investments is very encouraging. About five years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 6.4% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Oceanus Group is utilizing 212% more capital than it was five years ago. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, both common traits of a multi-bagger.

On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 54% of its operations, which isn't ideal. And with current liabilities at those levels, that's pretty high.

The Key Takeaway

Long story short, we're delighted to see that Oceanus Group's reinvestment activities have paid off and the company is now profitable. And a remarkable 233% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Oceanus Group you'll probably want to know about.

While Oceanus Group may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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