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Our Take On The Returns On Capital At CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS)

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If we want to find a stock that could multiply over the long term, what are the underlying trends we should look for? 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for CMS Energy:

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

0.048 = US$1.4b ÷ (US$30b - US$1.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).

Therefore, CMS Energy has an ROCE of 4.8%. Even though it's in line with the industry average of 4.8%, it's still a low return by itself.

View our latest analysis for CMS Energy

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Above you can see how the current ROCE for CMS Energy compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering CMS Energy here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

In terms of CMS Energy's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 6.5% over the last five years. On the other hand, the company has been employing more capital without a corresponding improvement in sales in the last year, which could suggest these investments are longer term plays. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

What We Can Learn From CMS Energy's ROCE

To conclude, we've found that CMS Energy is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Since the stock has gained an impressive 69% over the last five years, investors must think there's better things to come. But if the trajectory of these underlying trends continue, we think the likelihood of it being a multi-bagger from here isn't high.

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

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

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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