What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. So on that note, MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings (NASDAQ:MTSI) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.
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 MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.099 = US$122m ÷ (US$1.3b - US$101m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to July 2022).
Thus, MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings has an ROCE of 9.9%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Semiconductor industry average of 15%.
In the above chart we have measured MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings' 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 Does the ROCE Trend For MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Tell Us?
MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings' ROCE growth is quite impressive. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 182% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.
The Bottom Line
As discussed above, MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. Since the stock has only returned 34% to shareholders over the last five years, the promising fundamentals may not be recognized yet by investors. Given that, we'd look further into this stock in case it has more traits that could make it multiply in the long term.
Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings (of which 1 is potentially serious!) that you should know about.
While MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.
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