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Has ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) Got What It Takes To Become A Multi-Bagger?

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If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. In light of that, when we looked at ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

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 ANSYS:

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

0.11 = US$442m ÷ (US$4.7b - US$544m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2020).

Therefore, ANSYS has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a satisfactory return, but compared to the Software industry average of 8.8% it's much better.

Check out our latest analysis for ANSYS

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for ANSYS compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for ANSYS.

How Are Returns Trending?

On the surface, the trend of ROCE at ANSYS doesn't inspire confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 15% over the last five years. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

In Conclusion...

To conclude, we've found that ANSYS is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 231% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.

ANSYS does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for ANSYS that you might be interested in.

While ANSYS may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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