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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base 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. In light of that, when we looked at Sensata Technologies Holding (NYSE:ST) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.
Understanding 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. The formula for this calculation on Sensata Technologies Holding is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.064 = US$462m ÷ (US$7.9b - US$774m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2021).
Therefore, Sensata Technologies Holding has an ROCE of 6.4%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Electrical industry average of 9.2%.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Sensata Technologies Holding compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
The Trend Of ROCE
When we looked at the ROCE trend at Sensata Technologies Holding, we didn't gain much confidence. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 8.2% 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.
To conclude, we've found that Sensata Technologies Holding is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Although the market must be expecting these trends to improve because the stock has gained 63% over the last five years. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn't hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.
One final note, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Sensata Technologies Holding (including 1 which shouldn't be ignored) .
While Sensata Technologies Holding may not currently earn the highest returns, we've compiled a list of companies that currently earn more than 25% return on equity. Check out this free list here.
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