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Olin (NYSE:OLN) Is Investing Its Capital With Increasing Efficiency

·2-min read

If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base 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. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Olin's (NYSE:OLN) look very promising so lets take a look.

What is 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Olin:

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

0.30 = US$2.1b ÷ (US$8.6b - US$1.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

Thus, Olin has an ROCE of 30%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 12% earned by companies in a similar industry.

See our latest analysis for Olin


In the above chart we have measured Olin's 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 Olin.

So How Is Olin's ROCE Trending?

Olin is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 670% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.

The Key Takeaway

To bring it all together, Olin has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. And a remarkable 144% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Olin can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

If you'd like to know more about Olin, we've spotted 4 warning signs, and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored.

Olin is not the only stock earning high returns. If you'd like to see more, check out our free list of companies earning high returns on equity with solid fundamentals.

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