CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CEIX) Is Achieving High Returns On Its Capital

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CONSOL Energy Inc

CEIX

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84.96

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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at CONSOL Energy's (NYSE:CEIX) look very promising so lets take a look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for CONSOL Energy, this is the formula:

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

0.39 = US$856m ÷ (US$2.7b - US$454m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

So, CONSOL Energy has an ROCE of 39%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 16% earned by companies in a similar industry.

Check out our latest analysis for CONSOL Energy

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NYSE:CEIX Return on Capital Employed December 30th 2023

Above you can see how the current ROCE for CONSOL Energy compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

CONSOL Energy 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 254% 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. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.

The Key Takeaway

To bring it all together, CONSOL Energy has done well to increase the returns it's generating from its capital employed. And a remarkable 229% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

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

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