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. Although, when we looked at BGSF (NYSE:BGSF), it didn’t seem to tick all of these boxes.
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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for BGSF:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.10 = US$12m ÷ (US$139m – US$26m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2021).
Therefore, BGSF has an ROCE of 10%. That’s a relatively normal return on capital, and it’s around the 11% generated by the Professional Services industry.
NYSE:BGSF Return on Capital Employed October 16th 2021
In the above chart we have measured BGSF’s 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 The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
In terms of BGSF’s historical ROCE movements, the trend isn’t fantastic. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 27%, but since then they’ve fallen to 10%. Meanwhile, the business is utilizing more capital but this hasn’t moved the needle much in terms of sales in the past 12 months, so this could reflect longer term investments. It’s worth keeping an eye on the company’s earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.
The Key Takeaway
In summary, BGSF is reinvesting funds back into the business for growth but unfortunately it looks like sales haven’t increased much just yet. And with the stock having returned a mere 17% in the last five years to shareholders, you could argue that they’re aware of these lackluster trends. Therefore, if you’re looking for a multi-bagger, we’d propose looking at other options.
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