Plexus (NASDAQ:PLXS) Is Doing The Right Things To Multiply Its Share Price

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 24, 2021
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So when we looked at Plexus (NASDAQ:PLXS) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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. To calculate this metric for Plexus, this is the formula:

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

0.13 = US$179m ÷ (US$2.5b - US$1.1b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to October 2021).

Therefore, Plexus has an ROCE of 13%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 9.9% generated by the Electronic industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Plexus

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NasdaqGS:PLXS Return on Capital Employed November 24th 2021

In the above chart we have measured Plexus' 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 The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

Plexus has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 30% over the last five years. So it's likely that the business is now reaping the full benefits of its past investments, since the capital employed hasn't changed considerably. On that front, things are looking good so it's worth exploring what management has said about growth plans going forward.

Another thing to note, Plexus has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 46%. This effectively means that suppliers (or short-term creditors) are funding a large portion of the business, so just be aware that this can introduce some elements of risk. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

Our Take On Plexus' ROCE

In summary, we're delighted to see that Plexus has been able to increase efficiencies and earn higher rates of return on the same amount of capital. And with a respectable 77% awarded to those who held the stock over the last five years, you could argue that these developments are starting to get the attention they deserve. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

Like most companies, Plexus does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

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