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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after investigating BGSF (NYSE:BGSF), we don't think it's current trends fit the mold of a multi-bagger.
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. To calculate this metric for BGSF, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.088 = US$9.7m ÷ (US$137m - US$26m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).
Therefore, BGSF has an ROCE of 8.8%. On its own, that's a low figure but it's around the 11% average generated by the Professional Services industry.
In the above chart we have measured BGSF's 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.
The Trend Of ROCE
On the surface, the trend of ROCE at BGSF doesn't inspire confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 8.8% from 26% five years ago. 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 may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.
The Bottom Line
Bringing it all together, while we're somewhat encouraged by BGSF's reinvestment in its own business, we're aware that returns are shrinking. And investors may be recognizing these trends since the stock has only returned a total of 7.3% to shareholders over the last five years. Therefore, if you're looking for a multi-bagger, we'd propose looking at other options.
BGSF does have some risks though, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for BGSF that you might be interested in.
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