If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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. With that in mind, the ROCE of Helios Technologies (NYSE:HLIO) looks decent, right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.
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 Helios Technologies, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.13 = US$163m ÷ (US$1.4b - US$163m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2022).
Thus, Helios Technologies has an ROCE of 13%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 10% generated by the Machinery industry.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Helios Technologies 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 Helios Technologies' ROCE Trending?
While the current returns on capital are decent, they haven't changed much. The company has consistently earned 13% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 193% in that time. 13% is a pretty standard return, and it provides some comfort knowing that Helios Technologies has consistently earned this amount. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.
Our Take On Helios Technologies' ROCE
The main thing to remember is that Helios Technologies has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And the stock has followed suit returning a meaningful 56% to shareholders over the last five years. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we still believe the stock deserves further research.
Like most companies, Helios Technologies does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.
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