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Here's What To Make Of Globant's (NYSE:GLOB) Returns On Capital

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. 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)

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. To calculate this metric for Globant, this is the formula:

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

0.09 = US$87m ÷ (US$1.1b - US$179m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

So, Globant has an ROCE of 9.0%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 9.4%, it's still a low return by itself.

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NYSE:GLOB Return on Capital Employed January 14th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Globant's 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 Globant.

What Can We Tell From Globant's ROCE Trend?

We weren't thrilled with the trend because Globant's ROCE has reduced by 23% over the last five years, while the business employed 479% more capital. That being said, Globant raised some capital prior to their latest results being released, so that could partly explain the increase in capital employed. It's unlikely that all of the funds raised have been put to work yet, so as a consequence Globant might not have received a full period of earnings contribution from it. Also, we found that by looking at the company's latest EBIT, the figure is within 10% of the previous year's EBIT so you can basically assign the ROCE drop primarily to that capital raise.

Our Take On Globant's ROCE

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 585% return over the last five years, so long term investors are no doubt ecstatic with that result. So while the underlying trends could already be accounted for by investors, we still think this stock is worth looking into further.

On a final note, we've found 1 warning sign for Globant that we think you should be aware of.

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