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Why Omax Autos Limited’s (NSE:OMAXAUTO) Return On Capital Employed Looks Uninspiring

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Today we’ll evaluate Omax Autos Limited (NSE:OMAXAUTO) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. In particular, we’ll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that can give us insight into how profitably the company is able to employ capital in its business.

First up, we’ll look at what ROCE is and how we calculate it. Next, we’ll compare it to others in its industry. And finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. 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?

Analysts use this formula to calculate return on capital employed:

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

Or for Omax Autos:

0.13 = ₹424m ÷ (₹5.6b – ₹2.7b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2018.)

So, Omax Autos has an ROCE of 13%.

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Is Omax Autos’s ROCE Good?

When making comparisons between similar businesses, investors may find ROCE useful. Using our data, Omax Autos’s ROCE appears to be significantly below the 16% average in the Auto Components industry. This performance could be negative if sustained, as it suggests the business may underperform its industry. Separate from how Omax Autos stacks up against its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms is mediocre; relative to the returns on government bonds. Readers may find more attractive investment prospects elsewhere.

In our analysis, Omax Autos’s ROCE appears to be 13%, compared to 3 years ago, when its ROCE was 5.8%. This makes us wonder if the company is improving.

NSEI:OMAXAUTO Past Revenue and Net Income, March 6th 2019

When considering ROCE, bear in mind that it reflects the past and does not necessarily predict the future. ROCE can be deceptive for cyclical businesses, as returns can look incredible in boom times, and terribly low in downturns. ROCE is, after all, simply a snap shot of a single year. If Omax Autos is cyclical, it could make sense to check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Omax Autos’s Current Liabilities Impact 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. Due to the way ROCE is calculated, a high level of current liabilities makes a company look as though it has less capital employed, and thus can (sometimes unfairly) boost the ROCE. To counter this, investors can check if a company has high current liabilities relative to total assets.

Omax Autos has total liabilities of ₹2.7b and total assets of ₹5.6b. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 49% of its total assets. Omax Autos has a medium level of current liabilities, which would boost its ROCE somewhat.

Our Take On Omax Autos’s ROCE

Despite this, its ROCE is still mediocre, and you may find more appealing investments elsewhere. Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with modest (or no) debt, trading on a P/E below 20.

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