Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital

Tuniu Corp. Sponsored ADR Class A -2.75%

Tuniu Corp. Sponsored ADR Class A




Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So when we looked at Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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

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. To calculate this metric for Tuniu, this is the formula:

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

0.027 = CN¥31m ÷ (CN¥2.1b - CN¥965m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

So, Tuniu has an ROCE of 2.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Hospitality industry average of 9.4%.

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NasdaqGM:TOUR Return on Capital Employed January 30th 2024

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Tuniu compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Tuniu.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

We're delighted to see that Tuniu is reaping rewards from its investments and has now broken into profitability. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's turned around, earning 2.7% which is no doubt a relief for some early shareholders. Additionally, the business is utilizing 68% less capital than it was five years ago, and taken at face value, that can mean the company needs less funds at work to get a return. Tuniu could be selling under-performing assets since the ROCE is improving.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Tuniu has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 46%, which we'd consider pretty high. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

The Bottom Line On Tuniu's ROCE

In a nutshell, we're pleased to see that Tuniu has been able to generate higher returns from less capital. However the stock is down a substantial 85% in the last five years so there could be other areas of the business hurting its prospects. Still, it's worth doing some further research to see if the trends will continue into the future.

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