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Strattec Security (NASDAQ:STRT) Is Reinvesting At Lower Rates Of Return

If you're looking for a multi-bagger, there's a few things to keep an eye out for. In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. 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 Strattec Security (NASDAQ:STRT), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those who don't know, ROCE is a measure of a company's yearly pre-tax profit (its return), relative to the capital employed in the business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Strattec Security:

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

0.045 = US$11m ÷ (US$321m - US$80m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).

Thus, Strattec Security has an ROCE of 4.5%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Auto Components industry average of 9.0%.

See our latest analysis for Strattec Security

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In the above chart we have measured Strattec Security's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Strattec Security.

The Trend Of ROCE

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Strattec Security, we didn't gain much confidence. Around five years ago the returns on capital were 8.0%, but since then they've fallen to 4.5%. However it looks like Strattec Security might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It may take some time before the company starts to see any change in earnings from these investments.

The Bottom Line On Strattec Security's ROCE

In summary, Strattec Security 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 4.9% in the last five years to shareholders, you could argue that they're aware of these lackluster trends. So if you're looking for a multi-bagger, the underlying trends indicate you may have better chances elsewhere.

If you'd like to know about the risks facing Strattec Security, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should be aware of.

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