- Commercial Services
Returns On Capital At Boyd Group Services (TSE:BYD) Paint A Concerning Picture
What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base 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. However, after investigating Boyd Group Services (TSE:BYD), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Boyd Group Services is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.052 = US$84m ÷ (US$2.0b - US$377m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).
Thus, Boyd Group Services has an ROCE of 5.2%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 6.5% average generated by the Commercial Services industry.
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In the above chart we have measured Boyd Group Services' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Boyd Group Services.
What Can We Tell From Boyd Group Services' ROCE Trend?
In terms of Boyd Group Services' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 5.2% from 15% five years ago. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.
While returns have fallen for Boyd Group Services in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. Furthermore the stock has climbed 98% over the last five years, it would appear that investors are upbeat about the future. So while the underlying trends could already be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.
On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for Boyd Group Services (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable) you should be aware of.
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Boyd Group Services
Boyd Group Services Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates non-franchised collision repair centers in North America.
Proven track record with reasonable growth potential.