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Is Jay Bharat Maruti Limited (NSE:JAYBARMARU) Investing Effectively In Its Business?

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Today we'll evaluate Jay Bharat Maruti Limited (NSE:JAYBARMARU) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. To be precise, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that will inform our view of the quality of the business.

First of all, we'll work out how to calculate ROCE. Next, we'll compare it to others in its industry. Finally, we'll look at how its current liabilities affect its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Overall, it is a valuable metric that has its flaws. Renowned investment researcher Michael Mauboussin has suggested that a high ROCE can indicate that 'one dollar invested in the company generates value of more than one dollar'.

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

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

Or for Jay Bharat Maruti:

0.14 = ₹1.1b ÷ (₹12b - ₹4.2b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

So, Jay Bharat Maruti has an ROCE of 14%.

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Does Jay Bharat Maruti Have A Good ROCE?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, Jay Bharat Maruti's ROCE appears to be around the 16% average of the Auto Components industry. Aside from the industry comparison, Jay Bharat Maruti's ROCE is mediocre in absolute terms, considering the risk of investing in stocks versus the safety of a bank account. Readers may find more attractive investment prospects elsewhere.

We can see that , Jay Bharat Maruti currently has an ROCE of 14%, less than the 23% it reported 3 years ago. This makes us wonder if the business is facing new challenges. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Jay Bharat Maruti's past growth compares to other companies.

NSEI:JAYBARMARU Past Revenue and Net Income, July 16th 2019

Remember that this metric is backwards looking - it shows what has happened in the past, and does not accurately predict the future. ROCE can be misleading for companies in cyclical industries, with returns looking impressive during the boom times, but very weak during the busts. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. Since the future is so important for investors, you should check out our free report on analyst forecasts for Jay Bharat Maruti.

How Jay Bharat Maruti's Current Liabilities Impact Its ROCE

Liabilities, such as supplier bills and bank overdrafts, are referred to as current liabilities if they need to be paid within 12 months. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Jay Bharat Maruti has total assets of ₹12b and current liabilities of ₹4.2b. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 35% of its total assets. Jay Bharat Maruti's ROCE is improved somewhat by its moderate amount of current liabilities.

Our Take On Jay Bharat Maruti's ROCE

Despite this, its ROCE is still mediocre, and you may find more appealing investments elsewhere. Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than Jay Bharat Maruti. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly.

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