Overseas Shipholding Group's (NYSE:OSG) Returns On Capital Are Heading Higher

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc Class A +0.36%

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc Class A




There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. So when we looked at Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE:OSG) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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 Overseas Shipholding Group, this is the formula:

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

0.10 = US$94m ÷ (US$1.1b - US$160m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

So, Overseas Shipholding Group has an ROCE of 10%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty standard return but compared to the Oil and Gas industry average it falls behind.

View our latest analysis for Overseas Shipholding Group

NYSE:OSG Return on Capital Employed January 30th 2024

While the past is not representative of the future, it can be helpful to know how a company has performed historically, which is why we have this chart above. If you're interested in investigating Overseas Shipholding Group's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Overseas Shipholding Group Tell Us?

We like the trends that we're seeing from Overseas Shipholding Group. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 10%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 107% 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.

One more thing to note, Overseas Shipholding Group has decreased current liabilities to 15% of total assets over this period, which effectively reduces the amount of funding from suppliers or short-term creditors. So this improvement in ROCE has come from the business' underlying economics, which is great to see.

What We Can Learn From Overseas Shipholding Group's ROCE

All in all, it's terrific to see that Overseas Shipholding Group is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And a remarkable 263% 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 Overseas Shipholding Group can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Overseas Shipholding Group (including 1 which is potentially serious) .

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