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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Teradyne's (NASDAQ:TER) returns on capital, so let's have a look.
What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Teradyne, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.41 = US$1.2b ÷ (US$3.6b - US$712m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to April 2022).
So, Teradyne has an ROCE of 41%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Semiconductor industry average of 14%.
In the above chart we have measured Teradyne's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Teradyne here for free.
So How Is Teradyne's ROCE Trending?
Teradyne is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 197% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. The company is doing well in that sense, and it's worth investigating what the management team has planned for long term growth prospects.
The Key Takeaway
In summary, we're delighted to see that Teradyne has been able to increase efficiencies and earn higher rates of return on the same amount of capital. And a remarkable 218% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.
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