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There are a few key trends to look for if we want to identify the next multi-bagger. 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV) so let's look a bit deeper.
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. The formula for this calculation on Brightcove is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.0032 = US$388k ÷ (US$227m - US$104m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Therefore, Brightcove has an ROCE of 0.3%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the IT industry average of 12%.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Brightcove 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 Brightcove.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
We're delighted to see that Brightcove is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's earning 0.3% which is a sight for sore eyes. And unsurprisingly, like most companies trying to break into the black, Brightcove is utilizing 61% more capital than it was five years ago. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, both common traits of a multi-bagger.
On a side note, Brightcove's current liabilities are still rather high at 46% of total assets. 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. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
Our Take On Brightcove's ROCE
Long story short, we're delighted to see that Brightcove's reinvestment activities have paid off and the company is now profitable. Investors may not be impressed by the favorable underlying trends yet because over the last five years the stock has only returned 14% to shareholders. Given that, we'd look further into this stock in case it has more traits that could make it multiply in the long term.
On a final note, we've found 3 warning signs for Brightcove that we think you should be aware of.
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