If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. That's why when we briefly looked at Compagnie Financière Richemont's (VTX:CFR) ROCE trend, we were pretty happy with what we saw.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Compagnie Financière Richemont:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.12 = €3.4b ÷ (€40b - €11b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Therefore, Compagnie Financière Richemont has an ROCE of 12%. By itself that's a normal return on capital and it's in line with the industry's average returns of 12%.
In the above chart we have measured Compagnie Financière Richemont's 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 Compagnie Financière Richemont.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
The trend of ROCE doesn't stand out much, but returns on a whole are decent. Over the past five years, ROCE has remained relatively flat at around 12% and the business has deployed 81% more capital into its operations. 12% is a pretty standard return, and it provides some comfort knowing that Compagnie Financière Richemont has consistently earned this amount. Stable returns in this ballpark can be unexciting, but if they can be maintained over the long run, they often provide nice rewards to shareholders.
The Bottom Line
The main thing to remember is that Compagnie Financière Richemont has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And given the stock has only risen 21% over the last five years, we'd suspect the market is beginning to recognize these trends. So because of the trends we're seeing, we'd recommend looking further into this stock to see if it has the makings of a multi-bagger.
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