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There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For K&S' (ASX:KSC) Returns On Capital

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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So on that note, K&S (ASX:KSC) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for K&S, this is the formula:

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

0.007 = AU$2.9m ÷ (AU$540m - AU$121m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, K&S has an ROCE of 0.7%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Logistics industry average of 11%.

See our latest analysis for K&S

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While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you'd like to look at how K&S has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

So How Is K&S' ROCE Trending?

K&S has recently broken into profitability so their prior investments seem to be paying off. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making five years ago but is is now generating 0.7% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, K&S is utilizing 28% 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.

What We Can Learn From K&S' ROCE

Overall, K&S gets a big tick from us thanks in most part to the fact that it is now profitable and is reinvesting in its business. Considering the stock has delivered 17% to its stockholders over the last five years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.

Like most companies, K&S does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

While K&S isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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