U.S. Markets closed
  • S&P 500

    3,851.85
    +52.94 (+1.39%)
     
  • Dow 30

    31,188.38
    +257.86 (+0.83%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    13,457.25
    +260.07 (+1.97%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    2,160.62
    +9.48 (+0.44%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    53.28
    +0.04 (+0.08%)
     
  • Gold

    1,869.90
    +3.40 (+0.18%)
     
  • Silver

    25.92
    +0.16 (+0.62%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.2118
    -0.0015 (-0.1212%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    1.0900
    -0.0020 (-0.18%)
     
  • Vix

    21.58
    -1.66 (-7.14%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.3668
    +0.0034 (+0.2515%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    103.5540
    -0.3380 (-0.3253%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    35,636.15
    +1,236.18 (+3.59%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    696.42
    -4.19 (-0.60%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    6,740.39
    +27.44 (+0.41%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    28,523.26
    -110.24 (-0.39%)
     

Under The Bonnet, Pushpay Holdings' (NZSE:PPH) Returns Look Impressive

Simply Wall St
·3 min read

To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. And in light of that, the trends we're seeing at Pushpay Holdings' (NZSE:PPH) look very promising so lets take a look.

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. To calculate this metric for Pushpay Holdings, this is the formula:

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

0.37 = US$35m ÷ (US$144m - US$51m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2020).

Therefore, Pushpay Holdings has an ROCE of 37%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the IT industry average of 10%.

Check out our latest analysis for Pushpay Holdings

roce
roce

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Pushpay Holdings compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Pushpay Holdings.

What Can We Tell From Pushpay Holdings' ROCE Trend?

The fact that Pushpay Holdings 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 37% on its capital. Not only that, but the company is utilizing 892% 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.

On a side note, we noticed that the improvement in ROCE appears to be partly fueled by an increase in current liabilities. Essentially the business now has suppliers or short-term creditors funding about 36% of its operations, which isn't ideal. Keep an eye out for future increases because when the ratio of current liabilities to total assets gets particularly high, this can introduce some new risks for the business.

Our Take On Pushpay Holdings' ROCE

In summary, it's great to see that Pushpay Holdings 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. Therefore, we think it would be worth your time to check if these trends are going to continue.

Like most companies, Pushpay Holdings does come with some risks, and we've found 4 warning signs that you should be aware of.

If you want to search for more stocks that have been earning high returns, check out this free list of stocks with solid balance sheets that are also earning high returns on equity.

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.

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.