Cerence (NASDAQ:CRNC) Hasn't Managed To Accelerate Its Returns

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 01, 2021
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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing amount 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. However, after investigating Cerence (NASDAQ:CRNC), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

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. To calculate this metric for Cerence, this is the formula:

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

0.046 = US$70m ÷ (US$1.7b - US$169m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, Cerence has an ROCE of 4.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Software industry average of 10%.

See our latest analysis for Cerence

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NasdaqGS:CRNC Return on Capital Employed September 1st 2021

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Cerence compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

The Trend Of ROCE

The returns on capital haven't changed much for Cerence in recent years. The company has employed 22% more capital in the last three years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 4.6%. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

What We Can Learn From Cerence's ROCE

As we've seen above, Cerence's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. Since the stock has gained an impressive 95% over the last year, investors must think there's better things to come. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.

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