To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Comarch (WSE:CMR) so let's look a bit deeper.
What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. To calculate this metric for Comarch, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.13 = zł193m ÷ (zł2.2b - zł662m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
So, Comarch has an ROCE of 13%. By itself that's a normal return on capital and it's in line with the industry's average returns of 13%.
Our analysis indicates that CMR is potentially undervalued!
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Comarch 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 Comarch.
The Trend Of ROCE
Comarch is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 13%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 38%. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.
The Bottom Line
All in all, it's terrific to see that Comarch is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Since the stock has only returned 5.6% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.
One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing Comarch that you might find interesting.
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