Stock Analysis

Globant (NYSE:GLOB) Could Be Struggling To Allocate Capital

  •  Updated
NYSE:GLOB
Source: Shutterstock

Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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. Having said that, from a first glance at Globant (NYSE:GLOB) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

Understanding 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Globant:

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

0.11 = US$160m ÷ (US$1.9b - US$386m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

So, Globant has an ROCE of 11%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 13% generated by the IT industry.

View our latest analysis for Globant

roce
NYSE:GLOB Return on Capital Employed April 12th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Globant's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

What Does the ROCE Trend For Globant Tell Us?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Globant, we didn't gain much confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 22%, but since then they've fallen to 11%. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

The Bottom Line

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Globant. And the stock has done incredibly well with a 595% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So should these growth trends continue, we'd be optimistic on the stock going forward.

One more thing to note, we've identified 2 warning signs with Globant and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

For those who like to invest in solid companies, check out this free list of companies with solid balance sheets and high returns on equity.

What are the risks and opportunities for Globant?

Globant S.A. operates as a technology services company worldwide.

View Full Analysis

Rewards

  • Earnings are forecast to grow 28.28% per year

  • Earnings grew by 61.7% over the past year

Risks

No risks detected for GLOB from our risks checks.

View all Risks and Rewards

Share Price

Market Cap

1Y Return

View Company Report