Returns On Capital Are Showing Encouraging Signs At SPS Commerce (NASDAQ:SPSC)

Published
June 14, 2022
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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. So on that note, SPS Commerce (NASDAQ:SPSC) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for SPS Commerce:

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

0.11 = US$59m ÷ (US$613m - US$94m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

Thus, SPS Commerce has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Software industry average of 9.7%.

Check out our latest analysis for SPS Commerce

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NasdaqGS:SPSC Return on Capital Employed June 14th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for SPS Commerce 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

We like the trends that we're seeing from SPS Commerce. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 11%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 79% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

The Bottom Line On SPS Commerce's ROCE

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what SPS Commerce has. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.

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

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