cBrain (CPH:CBRAIN) Might Be Having Difficulty Using Its Capital Effectively

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Published
August 24, 2021
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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. Although, when we looked at cBrain (CPH:CBRAIN), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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 cBrain:

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

0.17 = kr.21m ÷ (kr.155m - kr.33m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, cBrain has an ROCE of 17%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 13% generated by the Software industry.

View our latest analysis for cBrain

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CPSE:CBRAIN Return on Capital Employed August 25th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for cBrain compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For cBrain Tell Us?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at cBrain doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 24% over the last five years. 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.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that cBrain is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. And long term investors must be optimistic going forward because the stock has returned a huge 723% to shareholders in the last five years. 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.

Like most companies, cBrain does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

While cBrain may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

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