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FormFactor (NASDAQ:FORM) Shareholders Will Want The ROCE Trajectory To Continue

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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? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. If you see this, it typically means it's a company with a great business model and plenty of profitable reinvestment opportunities. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in FormFactor's (NASDAQ:FORM) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

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 FormFactor:

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

0.10 = US$87m ÷ (US$989m - US$154m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).

Therefore, FormFactor has an ROCE of 10%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 13% generated by the Semiconductor industry.

See our latest analysis for FormFactor

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for FormFactor compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. 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

The fact that FormFactor is now generating some pre-tax profits from its prior investments is very encouraging. About five years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 10% on its capital. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 45% more capital than before, but that's to be expected from a company trying to break into profitability. We like this trend, because it tells us the company has profitable reinvestment opportunities available to it, and if it continues going forward that can lead to a multi-bagger performance.

The Key Takeaway

In summary, it's great to see that FormFactor has managed to break into profitability and is continuing to reinvest in its business. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if FormFactor can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

While FormFactor looks impressive, no company is worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether FORM is currently trading for a fair price.

While FormFactor isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.

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