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We Like These Underlying Return On Capital Trends At Qurate Retail (NASDAQ:QRTE.A)

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Qurate Retail's (NASDAQ:QRTE.A) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

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. To calculate this metric for Qurate Retail, this is the formula:

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

0.089 = US$1.1b ÷ (US$15b - US$3.4b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

Therefore, Qurate Retail has an ROCE of 8.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Online Retail industry average of 14%.

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NasdaqGS:QRTE.A Return on Capital Employed September 26th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Qurate Retail 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 Qurate Retail.

So How Is Qurate Retail's ROCE Trending?

Qurate Retail has not disappointed in regards to ROCE growth. The figures show that over the last five years, returns on capital have grown by 64%. That's a very favorable trend because this means that the company is earning more per dollar of capital that's being employed. Speaking of capital employed, the company is actually utilizing 36% less than it was five years ago, which can be indicative of a business that's improving its efficiency. A business that's shrinking its asset base like this isn't usually typical of a soon to be multi-bagger company.

For the record though, there was a noticeable increase in the company's current liabilities over the period, so we would attribute some of the ROCE growth to that. The current liabilities has increased to 22% of total assets, so the business is now more funded by the likes of its suppliers or short-term creditors. It's worth keeping an eye on this because as the percentage of current liabilities to total assets increases, some aspects of risk also increase.

The Bottom Line

From what we've seen above, Qurate Retail has managed to increase it's returns on capital all the while reducing it's capital base. Given the stock has declined 48% in the last three years, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.

Qurate Retail does have some risks, we noticed 5 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

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About NasdaqGS:QRTE.A

Qurate Retail

Qurate Retail, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the video and online commerce industries in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The Snowflake is a visual investment summary with the score of each axis being calculated by 6 checks in 5 areas.

Analysis AreaScore (0-6)
Valuation3
Future Growth0
Past Performance0
Financial Health1
Dividends0

Read more about these checks in the individual report sections or in our analysis model.

Fair value with worrying balance sheet.