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There Are Reasons To Feel Uneasy About Tracsis' (LON:TRCS) Returns On Capital

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's amount 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 Tracsis (LON:TRCS) 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?

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. The formula for this calculation on Tracsis is:

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

0.047 = UK£3.3m ÷ (UK£86m - UK£17m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to January 2021).

So, Tracsis has an ROCE of 4.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Software industry average of 7.5%.

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AIM:TRCS Return on Capital Employed May 12th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Tracsis 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 Tracsis.

So How Is Tracsis' ROCE Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Tracsis doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 9.2% over the last five years. And considering revenue has dropped while employing more capital, we'd be cautious. This could mean that the business is losing its competitive advantage or market share, because while more money is being put into ventures, it's actually producing a lower return - "less bang for their buck" per se.

Our Take On Tracsis' ROCE

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by Tracsis' diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. Yet despite these concerning fundamentals, the stock has performed strongly with a 80% return over the last five years, so investors appear very optimistic. Regardless, we don't feel too comfortable with the fundamentals so we'd be steering clear of this stock for now.

One more thing, we've spotted 2 warning signs facing Tracsis that you might find interesting.

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