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Semiconductor Manufacturing International (HKG:981) Might Have The Makings Of A Multi-Bagger

If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? In a perfect world, we’d like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it’s a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Semiconductor Manufacturing International’s (HKG:981) returns on capital, so let’s have a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

For those that aren’t sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Semiconductor Manufacturing International is:

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

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0.028 = US$1.0b ÷ (US$45b – US$7.5b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2023).

Thus, Semiconductor Manufacturing International has an ROCE of 2.8%. Ultimately, that’s a low return and it under-performs the Semiconductor industry average of 13%.

See our latest analysis for Semiconductor Manufacturing International

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SEHK:981 Return on Capital Employed June 26th 2023

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Semiconductor Manufacturing International compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Semiconductor Manufacturing International here for free.

What Can We Tell From Semiconductor Manufacturing International’s ROCE Trend?

While in absolute terms it isn’t a high ROCE, it’s promising to see that it has been moving in the right direction. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 2.8%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 271%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that’s why we’re impressed.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, it’s great to see that Semiconductor Manufacturing International can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 97% return over the last five years. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for Semiconductor Manufacturing International (1 doesn’t sit too well with us) you should be aware of.

For those who like to invest in solid companies, check out this free list of companies with solid balance sheets and high returns on equity.

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