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What Can We Make Of TTK Prestige Limited’s (NSE:TTKPRESTIG) High Return On Capital?

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Today we are going to look at TTK Prestige Limited (NSE:TTKPRESTIG) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect. Specifically, we're going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

Firstly, we'll go over how we calculate ROCE. Second, we'll look at its ROCE compared to similar companies. Last but not least, we'll look at what impact its current liabilities have on 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. All else being equal, a better business will have a higher ROCE. Ultimately, it is a useful but imperfect metric. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since 'No two businesses are exactly alike.'

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 TTK Prestige:

0.21 = ₹2.6b ÷ (₹17b - ₹3.8b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

So, TTK Prestige has an ROCE of 21%.

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Does TTK Prestige Have A Good ROCE?

ROCE is commonly used for comparing the performance of similar businesses. In our analysis, TTK Prestige's ROCE is meaningfully higher than the 17% average in the Consumer Durables industry. We consider this a positive sign, because it suggests it uses capital more efficiently than similar companies. Regardless of where TTK Prestige sits next to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms appears satisfactory, and this company could be worth a closer look.

You can see in the image below how TTK Prestige's ROCE compares to its industry. Click to see more on past growth.

NSEI:TTKPRESTIG Past Revenue and Net Income, September 8th 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. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for TTK Prestige.

TTK Prestige's Current Liabilities And Their Impact On 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 counteract this, we check if a company has high current liabilities, relative to its total assets.

TTK Prestige has total liabilities of ₹3.8b and total assets of ₹17b. As a result, its current liabilities are equal to approximately 23% of its total assets. A fairly low level of current liabilities is not influencing the ROCE too much.

What We Can Learn From TTK Prestige's ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, TTK Prestige could be worth a closer look. There might be better investments than TTK Prestige out there, but you will have to work hard to find them . These promising businesses with rapidly growing earnings might be right up your alley.

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