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We Like Lakeland Industries' (NASDAQ:LAKE) Returns And Here's How They're Trending

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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Lakeland Industries' (NASDAQ:LAKE) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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 Lakeland Industries is:

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

0.25 = US$32m ÷ (US$143m - US$17m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2021).

So, Lakeland Industries has an ROCE of 25%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Luxury industry average of 13%.

View our latest analysis for Lakeland Industries

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In the above chart we have measured Lakeland Industries' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Can We Tell From Lakeland Industries' ROCE Trend?

We like the trends that we're seeing from Lakeland Industries. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 25%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 81% more capital is being employed now too. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at Lakeland Industries thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.

What We Can Learn From Lakeland Industries' ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that Lakeland Industries can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Since the stock has returned a solid 98% to shareholders over the last five years, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for Lakeland Industries (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable) you should be aware of.

High returns are a key ingredient to strong performance, so check out our free list ofstocks earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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