If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. 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. So on that note, Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ:KE) 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. The formula for this calculation on Kimball Electronics is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.13 = US$67m ÷ (US$814m – US$301m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).
Thus, Kimball Electronics has an ROCE of 13%. On its own, that’s a standard return, however it’s much better than the 10.0% generated by the Electronic industry.
NasdaqGS:KE Return on Capital Employed October 12th 2021
In the above chart we have measured Kimball Electronics’ prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you’d like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Kimball Electronics here for free.
The Trend Of ROCE
Kimball Electronics is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 13%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 53% more capital is being employed now too. So we’re very much inspired by what we’re seeing at Kimball Electronics thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.
The Key Takeaway
A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that’s what Kimball Electronics has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. In light of that, we think it’s worth looking further into this stock because if Kimball Electronics can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.
One more thing: We’ve identified 2 warning signs with Kimball Electronics (at least 1 which is significant) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.
While Kimball Electronics isn’t earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.
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