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BRP (TSE:DOO) Knows How To Allocate Capital Effectively

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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So when we looked at the ROCE trend of BRP (TSE:DOO) we really liked what we saw.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for BRP:

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

0.42 = CA$1.3b ÷ (CA$6.2b - CA$3.1b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2022).

Thus, BRP has an ROCE of 42%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Leisure industry average of 22%.

Our analysis indicates that DOO is potentially undervalued!

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TSX:DOO Return on Capital Employed December 7th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for BRP compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering BRP here for free.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

The trends we've noticed at BRP are quite reassuring. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 42%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 138% more capital is being employed now too. So we're very much inspired by what we're seeing at BRP thanks to its ability to profitably reinvest capital.

On a side note, BRP's current liabilities are still rather high at 51% of total assets. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

In Conclusion...

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 BRP has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with BRP and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

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