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Corsair Gaming (NASDAQ:CRSR) Could Be Struggling To Allocate Capital

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Having said that, from a first glance at Corsair Gaming (NASDAQ:CRSR) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

What is 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Corsair Gaming:

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

0.15 = US$138m ÷ (US$1.3b - US$447m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, Corsair Gaming has an ROCE of 15%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Tech industry average of 11% it's much better.

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NasdaqGS:CRSR Return on Capital Employed April 16th 2022

In the above chart we have measured Corsair Gaming's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Corsair Gaming here for free.

What Can We Tell From Corsair Gaming's ROCE Trend?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Corsair Gaming, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 40% over the last five years. Although, given both revenue and the amount of assets employed in the business have increased, it could suggest the company is investing in growth, and the extra capital has led to a short-term reduction in ROCE. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

On a related note, Corsair Gaming has decreased its current liabilities to 33% of total assets. That could partly explain why the ROCE has dropped. What's more, this can reduce some aspects of risk to the business because now the company's suppliers or short-term creditors are funding less of its operations. Since the business is basically funding more of its operations with it's own money, you could argue this has made the business less efficient at generating ROCE.

The Key Takeaway

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for Corsair Gaming. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 40% over the last year. As a result, we'd recommend researching this stock further to uncover what other fundamentals of the business can show us.

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

While Corsair Gaming isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

What are the risks and opportunities for Corsair Gaming?

Corsair Gaming, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, markets, and distributes gaming and streaming peripherals, components and systems in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific.

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  • Earnings are forecast to grow 120.79% per year


  • Shareholders have been diluted in the past year

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