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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. Ideally, a business will show two trends; firstly a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an increasing 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. So on that note, UFP Industries (NASDAQ:UFPI) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.
Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for UFP Industries, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.17 = US$311m ÷ (US$2.4b - US$494m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).
So, UFP Industries has an ROCE of 17%. That's a relatively normal return on capital, and it's around the 15% generated by the Building industry.
In the above chart we have measured UFP Industries' 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 UFP Industries here for free.
How Are Returns Trending?
UFP Industries is displaying some positive trends. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 17%. The amount of capital employed has increased too, by 107%. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
All in all, it's terrific to see that UFP Industries is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And a remarkable 173% total return over the last five years tells us that investors are expecting more good things to come in the future. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.
Before jumping to any conclusions though, we need to know what value we're getting for the current share price. That's where you can check out our FREE intrinsic value estimation that compares the share price and estimated value.
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