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The Returns On Capital At Tecsys (TSE:TCS) Don't Inspire Confidence

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Although, when we looked at Tecsys (TSE:TCS), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

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. To calculate this metric for Tecsys, this is the formula:

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

0.065 = CA$5.4m ÷ (CA$126m - CA$44m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2022).

Therefore, Tecsys has an ROCE of 6.5%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 7.2%, it's still a low return by itself.

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TSX:TCS Return on Capital Employed July 21st 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Tecsys compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Tecsys.

So How Is Tecsys' ROCE Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Tecsys doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 6.5% from 25% 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.

What We Can Learn From Tecsys' ROCE

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Tecsys is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 163% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we would look further into this stock to make sure the other metrics justify the positive view.

On a separate note, we've found 1 warning sign for Tecsys you'll probably want to know about.

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