The Returns On Capital At Career Point (NSE:CAREERP) Don't Inspire Confidence

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. In light of that, when we looked at Career Point (NSE:CAREERP) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

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. To calculate this metric for Career Point, this is the formula:

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

0.0029 = ₹14m ÷ (₹5.4b - ₹615m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Career Point has an ROCE of 0.3%. On its own that's a low return on capital but it's in line with the industry's average returns of 0.06%.

See our latest analysis for Career Point

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NSEI:CAREERP Return on Capital Employed September 28th 2021

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Career Point's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Career Point has performed in the past in other metrics, you can view this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Career Point doesn't inspire confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 4.6%, but since then they've fallen to 0.3%. Given the business is employing more capital while revenue has slipped, this is a bit concerning. If this were to continue, you might be looking at a company that is trying to reinvest for growth but is actually losing market share since sales haven't increased.

Our Take On Career Point's ROCE

In summary, we're somewhat concerned by Career Point's diminishing returns on increasing amounts of capital. Yet despite these concerning fundamentals, the stock has performed strongly with a 69% return over the last five years, so investors appear very optimistic. In any case, the current underlying trends don't bode well for long term performance so unless they reverse, we'd start looking elsewhere.

If you'd like to know more about Career Point, we've spotted 3 warning signs, and 1 of them is a bit unpleasant.

While Career Point isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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