Brisbane Broncos' (ASX:BBL) Returns Have Hit A Wall

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 10, 2022
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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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Brisbane Broncos (ASX:BBL) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding 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 Brisbane Broncos is:

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

0.11 = AU$4.2m ÷ (AU$53m - AU$13m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Thus, Brisbane Broncos has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Entertainment industry average of 8.8%.

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ASX:BBL Return on Capital Employed May 10th 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Brisbane Broncos' ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating Brisbane Broncos' past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What Can We Tell From Brisbane Broncos' ROCE Trend?

There hasn't been much to report for Brisbane Broncos' returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. This tells us the company isn't reinvesting in itself, so it's plausible that it's past the growth phase. With that in mind, unless investment picks up again in the future, we wouldn't expect Brisbane Broncos to be a multi-bagger going forward.

The Key Takeaway

We can conclude that in regards to Brisbane Broncos' returns on capital employed and the trends, there isn't much change to report on. Since the stock has gained an impressive 76% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

Brisbane Broncos does come with some risks though, we found 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those shouldn't be ignored...

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