Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) Will Want To Turn Around Its Return Trends

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 16, 2022
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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. Typically, we'll want to notice a trend of growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and alongside that, 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. In light of that, when we looked at Carlisle Companies (NYSE:CSL) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

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

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Carlisle Companies is:

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

0.084 = US$521m ÷ (US$7.1b - US$851m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, Carlisle Companies has an ROCE of 8.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Building industry average of 14%.

Check out our latest analysis for Carlisle Companies

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NYSE:CSL Return on Capital Employed January 16th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Carlisle Companies' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Carlisle Companies.

What Can We Tell From Carlisle Companies' ROCE Trend?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at Carlisle Companies doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 18% over the last five years. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. If these investments prove successful, this can bode very well for long term stock performance.

The Bottom Line

While returns have fallen for Carlisle Companies in recent times, we're encouraged to see that sales are growing and that the business is reinvesting in its operations. And long term investors must be optimistic going forward because the stock has returned a huge 136% to shareholders in the last five years. So while investors seem to be recognizing these promising trends, we would look further into this stock to make sure the other metrics justify the positive view.

One more thing to note, we've identified 1 warning sign with Carlisle Companies and understanding it should be part of your investment process.

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

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