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Wheaton Precious Metals (TSE:WPM) Shareholders Will Want The ROCE Trajectory To Continue

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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So on that note, Wheaton Precious Metals (TSE:WPM) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

What is 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Wheaton Precious Metals:

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

0.11 = US$633m ÷ (US$6.0b - US$27m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Wheaton Precious Metals has an ROCE of 11%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 2.8% generated by the Metals and Mining industry.

See our latest analysis for Wheaton Precious Metals

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In the above chart we have measured Wheaton Precious Metals' 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 Wheaton Precious Metals.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Wheaton Precious Metals Tell Us?

Wheaton Precious Metals has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. More specifically, while the company has kept capital employed relatively flat over the last five years, the ROCE has climbed 152% in that same time. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company's efficiencies. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.

The Bottom Line

To sum it up, Wheaton Precious Metals is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. Since the stock has returned a solid 54% 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.

While Wheaton Precious Metals looks impressive, no company is worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether WPM is currently trading for a fair price.

If you want to search for solid companies with great earnings, check out this free list of companies with good balance sheets and impressive returns on equity.

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