Investors Met With Slowing Returns on Capital At Sykes Enterprises (NASDAQ:SYKE)

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 27, 2021
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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So, when we ran our eye over Sykes Enterprises' (NASDAQ:SYKE) trend of ROCE, we liked what we saw.

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. The formula for this calculation on Sykes Enterprises is:

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

0.12 = US$133m ÷ (US$1.4b - US$282m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

Thus, Sykes Enterprises has an ROCE of 12%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the IT industry average of 11%.

Check out our latest analysis for Sykes Enterprises

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NasdaqGS:SYKE Return on Capital Employed May 27th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Sykes Enterprises' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Sykes Enterprises.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Sykes Enterprises Tell Us?

While the returns on capital are good, they haven't moved much. The company has consistently earned 12% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 37% in that time. 12% is a pretty standard return, and it provides some comfort knowing that Sykes Enterprises has consistently earned this amount. Over long periods of time, returns like these might not be too exciting, but with consistency they can pay off in terms of share price returns.

Our Take On Sykes Enterprises' ROCE

The main thing to remember is that Sykes Enterprises has proven its ability to continually reinvest at respectable rates of return. And given the stock has only risen 38% over the last five years, we'd suspect the market is beginning to recognize these trends. So because of the trends we're seeing, we'd recommend looking further into this stock to see if it has the makings of a multi-bagger.

Like most companies, Sykes Enterprises does come with some risks, and we've found 2 warning signs that you should be aware of.

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