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Under The Bonnet, Anglo Asian Mining's (LON:AAZ) Returns Look Impressive

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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. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Anglo Asian Mining's (LON:AAZ) look very promising so lets take a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Anglo Asian Mining:

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

0.21 = US$31m ÷ (US$182m - US$33m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019).

Thus, Anglo Asian Mining has an ROCE of 21%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 14% earned by companies in a similar industry.

View our latest analysis for Anglo Asian Mining

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In the above chart we have measured Anglo Asian Mining's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Anglo Asian Mining.

What Can We Tell From Anglo Asian Mining's ROCE Trend?

Shareholders will be relieved that Anglo Asian Mining has broken into profitability. While the business was unprofitable in the past, it's now turned things around and is earning 21% on its capital. On top of that, what's interesting is that the amount of capital being employed has remained steady, so the business hasn't needed to put any additional money to work to generate these higher returns. That being said, while an increase in efficiency is no doubt appealing, it'd be helpful to know if the company does have any investment plans going forward. After all, a company can only become a long term multi-bagger if it continually reinvests in itself at high rates of return.

Our Take On Anglo Asian Mining's ROCE

To bring it all together, Anglo Asian Mining has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. Since the stock has returned a staggering 3,426% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Anglo Asian Mining you'll probably want to know about.

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