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Be Wary Of Tecsys (TSE:TCS) And Its Returns On Capital

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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. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Having said that, from a first glance at Tecsys (TSE:TCS) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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

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 Tecsys, this is the formula:

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

0.048 = CA$3.8m ÷ (CA$132m - CA$52m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2022).

Therefore, Tecsys has an ROCE of 4.8%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Software industry average of 8.9%.

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TSX:TCS Return on Capital Employed February 14th 2023

In the above chart we have measured Tecsys' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of Tecsys' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.8% from 22% five years ago. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

In Conclusion...

To conclude, we've found that Tecsys is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Since the stock has gained an impressive 73% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

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