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Tecsys (TSE:TCS) Is Reinvesting At Lower Rates Of Return

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to 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.

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 Tecsys is:

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

0.12 = CA$9.8m ÷ (CA$126m - CA$42m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2021).

Therefore, Tecsys has an ROCE of 12%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty standard return but compared to the Software industry average it falls behind.

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TSX:TCS Return on Capital Employed October 19th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Tecsys' 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 Tecsys.

The Trend Of ROCE

In terms of Tecsys' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 12% from 16% 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. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

Our Take On Tecsys' ROCE

While returns have fallen for Tecsys in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 549% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.

One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with Tecsys (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

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