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Investors Will Want CyberOptics' (NASDAQ:CYBE) Growth In ROCE To Persist

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To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at CyberOptics (NASDAQ:CYBE) so let's look a bit deeper.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for CyberOptics, this is the formula:

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

0.099 = US$7.0m ÷ (US$83m - US$12m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).

So, CyberOptics has an ROCE of 9.9%. In absolute terms, that's a low return but it's around the Semiconductor industry average of 11%.

See our latest analysis for CyberOptics

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In the above chart we have measured CyberOptics' 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.

What Does the ROCE Trend For CyberOptics Tell Us?

While in absolute terms it isn't a high ROCE, it's promising to see that it has been moving in the right direction. The numbers show that in the last five years, the returns generated on capital employed have grown considerably to 9.9%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 79% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.

In another part of our analysis, we noticed that the company's ratio of current liabilities to total assets decreased to 15%, which broadly means the business is relying less on its suppliers or short-term creditors to fund its operations. Therefore we can rest assured that the growth in ROCE is a result of the business' fundamental improvements, rather than a cooking class featuring this company's books.

The Bottom Line On CyberOptics' ROCE

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what CyberOptics has. Since the stock has returned a staggering 132% to shareholders over the last five years, it looks like investors are recognizing these changes. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

Like most companies, CyberOptics does come with some risks, and we've found 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

While CyberOptics 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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