There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Cerrado Gold's (CVE:CERT) Returns On Capital
Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Cerrado Gold (CVE:CERT) so let's look a bit deeper.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Cerrado Gold is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.18 = US$14m ÷ (US$138m - US$61m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Therefore, Cerrado Gold has an ROCE of 18%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 2.3% generated by the Metals and Mining industry.
View our latest analysis for Cerrado Gold
In the above chart we have measured Cerrado Gold's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
We're delighted to see that Cerrado Gold is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. About four years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 18% on its capital. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Cerrado Gold is utilizing 1,764% more capital than it was four years ago. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.
On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. Effectively this means that suppliers or short-term creditors are now funding 44% of the business, which is more than it was four years ago. Given it's pretty high ratio, we'd remind investors that having current liabilities at those levels can bring about some risks in certain businesses.
What We Can Learn From Cerrado Gold's ROCE
Long story short, we're delighted to see that Cerrado Gold's reinvestment activities have paid off and the company is now profitable. Since the total return from the stock has been almost flat over the last year, there might be an opportunity here if the valuation looks good. So researching this company further and determining whether or not these trends will continue seems justified.
On a final note, we've found 3 warning signs for Cerrado Gold that we think you should be aware of.
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