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Here's What To Make Of Computer Programs and Systems' (NASDAQ:CPSI) Returns On Capital

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? 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. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. Having said that, from a first glance at Computer Programs and Systems (NASDAQ:CPSI) we aren't jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let's have a deeper look.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Computer Programs and Systems:

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

0.073 = US$21m ÷ (US$326m - US$37m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

So, Computer Programs and Systems has an ROCE of 7.3%. On its own that's a low return, but compared to the average of 5.4% generated by the Healthcare Services industry, it's much better.

See our latest analysis for Computer Programs and Systems

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In the above chart we have measured Computer Programs and Systems' 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 Computer Programs and Systems here for free.

What Can We Tell From Computer Programs and Systems' ROCE Trend?

In terms of Computer Programs and Systems' historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 35% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn't moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

The Bottom Line On Computer Programs and Systems' ROCE

In summary, Computer Programs and Systems is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven't increased much just yet. And investors appear hesitant that the trends will pick up because the stock has fallen 35% in the last five years. On the whole, we aren't too inspired by the underlying trends and we think there may be better chances of finding a multi-bagger elsewhere.

While Computer Programs and Systems doesn't shine too bright in this respect, it's still worth seeing if the company is trading at attractive prices. You can find that out with our FREE intrinsic value estimation on our platform.

If you want to search for solid companies with great earnings, check out this free list of companies with good balance sheets and impressive returns on equity.

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