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Investors Will Want Australian Vintage's (ASX:AVG) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So on that note, Australian Vintage (ASX:AVG) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Australian Vintage is:

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

0.073 = AU$30m ÷ (AU$479m - AU$72m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Australian Vintage has an ROCE of 7.3%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Beverage industry average of 7.5%.

View our latest analysis for Australian Vintage

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Australian Vintage compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Australian Vintage here for free.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Australian Vintage Tell Us?

Australian Vintage 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 76% 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. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

In Conclusion...

In summary, we're delighted to see that Australian Vintage has been able to increase efficiencies and earn higher rates of return on the same amount of capital. Since the stock has returned a solid 71% to shareholders over the last five years, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Australian Vintage can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

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

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