There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Medical Imaging's (GTSM:6637) look very promising so lets take a look.
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. The formula for this calculation on Medical Imaging is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.23 = NT$114m ÷ (NT$787m - NT$293m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).
So, Medical Imaging has an ROCE of 23%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 8.5% earned by companies in a similar industry.
Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Medical Imaging's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you'd like to look at how Medical Imaging 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
We like the trends that we're seeing from Medical Imaging. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 23%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it's worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 71%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
What We Can Learn From Medical Imaging's ROCE
In summary, it's great to see that Medical Imaging can compound returns by consistently reinvesting capital at increasing rates of return, because these are some of the key ingredients of those highly sought after multi-baggers. Considering the stock has delivered 10% to its stockholders over the last three years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. So with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.
One more thing, we've spotted 3 warning signs facing Medical Imaging that you might find interesting.
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