Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ:AMOT) Will Be Hoping To Turn Its Returns On Capital Around

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November 04, 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. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. However, after investigating Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ:AMOT), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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. The formula for this calculation on Allied Motion Technologies is:

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

0.082 = US$25m ÷ (US$360m - US$59m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Thus, Allied Motion Technologies has an ROCE of 8.2%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electrical industry average of 11%.

Check out our latest analysis for Allied Motion Technologies

NasdaqGM:AMOT Return on Capital Employed November 5th 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Allied Motion Technologies 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 Allied Motion Technologies.

The Trend Of ROCE

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Allied Motion Technologies doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 8.2% from 15% five years ago. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

On a side note, Allied Motion Technologies has done well to pay down its current liabilities to 16% of total assets. So we could link some of this to the decrease in ROCE. Effectively this means their suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of the business, which reduces some elements of risk. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Bottom Line On Allied Motion Technologies' ROCE

To conclude, we've found that Allied Motion Technologies is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Investors must think there's better things to come because the stock has knocked it out of the park, delivering a 221% gain to shareholders who have held over the last five years. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

One more thing: We've identified 3 warning signs with Allied Motion Technologies (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding these would certainly be useful.

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