If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. However, after investigating MAG Interactive (STO:MAGI), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on MAG Interactive is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.044 = kr19m ÷ (kr487m - kr54m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to February 2022).
Thus, MAG Interactive has an ROCE of 4.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Entertainment industry average of 4.9%.
In the above chart we have measured MAG Interactive's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
So How Is MAG Interactive's ROCE Trending?
When we looked at the ROCE trend at MAG Interactive, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 4.4% from 16% five years ago. 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. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.
While returns have fallen for MAG Interactive in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. Furthermore the stock has climbed 71% over the last three years, it would appear that investors are upbeat about the future. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.
Like most companies, MAG Interactive does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.
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