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Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV) Is Experiencing Growth In Returns On Capital

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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So on that note, Hovnanian Enterprises (NYSE:HOV) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. The formula for this calculation on Hovnanian Enterprises is:

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

0.10 = US$197m ÷ (US$2.3b - US$394m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2021).

Thus, Hovnanian Enterprises has an ROCE of 10%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty standard return but compared to the Consumer Durables industry average it falls behind.

See our latest analysis for Hovnanian Enterprises

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Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Hovnanian Enterprises' ROCE against it's prior returns. If you want to delve into the historical earnings, revenue and cash flow of Hovnanian Enterprises, check out these free graphs here.

How Are Returns Trending?

Hovnanian Enterprises is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 186% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. 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. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

In Conclusion...

In summary, we're delighted to see that Hovnanian Enterprises has been able to increase efficiencies and earn higher rates of return on the same amount of capital. Since the stock has returned a staggering 131% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing 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.

One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Hovnanian Enterprises (including 2 which can't be ignored) .

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