Returns At CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) Appear To Be Weighed Down

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 25, 2021
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If we want to find a potential multi-bagger, often there are underlying trends that can provide clues. Amongst other things, we'll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company's 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. Although, when we looked at CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for CMS Energy:

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

0.056 = US$1.5b ÷ (US$31b - US$3.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

Therefore, CMS Energy has an ROCE of 5.6%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Integrated Utilities industry average of 4.8%.

View our latest analysis for CMS Energy

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NYSE:CMS Return on Capital Employed December 25th 2021

In the above chart we have measured CMS Energy'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 CMS Energy here for free.

What Does the ROCE Trend For CMS Energy Tell Us?

In terms of CMS Energy's historical ROCE trend, it doesn't exactly demand attention. The company has consistently earned 5.6% for the last five years, and the capital employed within the business has risen 45% in that time. This poor ROCE doesn't inspire confidence right now, and with the increase in capital employed, it's evident that the business isn't deploying the funds into high return investments.

In Conclusion...

As we've seen above, CMS Energy's returns on capital haven't increased but it is reinvesting in the business. Since the stock has gained an impressive 76% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. However, unless these underlying trends turn more positive, we wouldn't get our hopes up too high.

On a final note, we found 2 warning signs for CMS Energy (1 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

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