Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. 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, the ROCE of YETI Holdings (NYSE:YETI) looks attractive right now, so lets see what the trend of returns can tell us.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for YETI Holdings:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.48 = US$215m ÷ (US$737m - US$288m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to January 2021).
So, YETI Holdings has an ROCE of 48%. That's a fantastic return and not only that, it outpaces the average of 19% earned by companies in a similar industry.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for YETI Holdings 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 YETI Holdings.
The Trend Of ROCE
In terms of YETI Holdings' history of ROCE, it's quite impressive. The company has employed 68% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 48%. With returns that high, it's great that the business can continually reinvest its money at such appealing rates of return. If these trends can continue, it wouldn't surprise us if the company became a multi-bagger.
Another point to note, we noticed the company has increased current liabilities over the last five years. This is intriguing because if current liabilities hadn't increased to 39% of total assets, this reported ROCE would probably be less than48% because total capital employed would be higher.The 48% ROCE could be even lower if current liabilities weren't 39% of total assets, because the the formula would show a larger base of total capital employed. With that in mind, just be wary if this ratio increases in the future, because if it gets particularly high, this brings with it some new elements of risk.
The Bottom Line On YETI Holdings' ROCE
In short, we'd argue YETI Holdings has the makings of a multi-bagger since its been able to compound its capital at very profitable rates of return. On top of that, the stock has rewarded shareholders with a remarkable 140% return to those who've held over the last year. So while the positive underlying trends may be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.
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