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Investors Should Be Encouraged By Pan African Resources' (LON:PAF) Returns On Capital

If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of Pan African Resources (LON:PAF) we really liked what we saw.

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 Pan African Resources is:

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

0.24 = US$124m ÷ (US$574m - US$60m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

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Therefore, Pan African Resources has an ROCE of 24%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Metals and Mining industry average of 7.5%.

Check out our latest analysis for Pan African Resources

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In the above chart we have measured Pan African Resources' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Pan African Resources for free.

So How Is Pan African Resources' ROCE Trending?

Pan African Resources is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 24%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 66% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

Our Take On Pan African Resources' ROCE

To sum it up, Pan African Resources has proven it can reinvest in the business and generate higher returns on that capital employed, which is terrific. Since the stock has returned a staggering 194% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Pan African Resources can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Pan African Resources that we think you should be aware of.

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