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There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Alpha Metallurgical Resources' (NYSE:AMR) Returns On Capital

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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. 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So on that note, Alpha Metallurgical Resources (NYSE:AMR) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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. To calculate this metric for Alpha Metallurgical Resources, this is the formula:

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

0.11 = US$148m ÷ (US$1.7b - US$292m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, Alpha Metallurgical Resources has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty standard return but compared to the Metals and Mining industry average it falls behind.

Check out our latest analysis for Alpha Metallurgical Resources

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for Alpha Metallurgical Resources 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.

So How Is Alpha Metallurgical Resources' ROCE Trending?

We're delighted to see that Alpha Metallurgical Resources is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. Shareholders would no doubt be pleased with this because the business was loss-making five years ago but is is now generating 11% on its capital. In addition to that, Alpha Metallurgical Resources is employing 49% more capital than previously which is expected of a company that's trying to break into profitability. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.

The Bottom Line

In summary, it's great to see that Alpha Metallurgical Resources has managed to break into profitability and is continuing to reinvest in its business. And given the stock has remained rather flat over the last five years, there might be an opportunity here if other metrics are strong. So researching this company further and determining whether or not these trends will continue seems justified.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Alpha Metallurgical Resources that you might find interesting.

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