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Returns At SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) Are On The Way Up

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Finding a business that has the potential to grow substantially is not easy, but it is possible if we look at a few key financial metrics. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base 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. So on that note, SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) looks quite promising in regards to its trends of return on capital.

What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on SolarWinds is:

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

0.016 = US$58m ÷ (US$4.1b - US$412m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).

So, SolarWinds has an ROCE of 1.6%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the IT industry average of 12%.

View our latest analysis for SolarWinds

roceNYSE:SWI Return on Capital Employed September 28th 2022

In the above chart we have measured SolarWinds' prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering SolarWinds here for free.

How Are Returns Trending?

It's great to see that SolarWinds has started to generate some pre-tax earnings from prior investments. The company was generating losses five years ago, but now it's turned around, earning 1.6% which is no doubt a relief for some early shareholders. In regards to capital employed, SolarWinds is using 26% less capital than it was five years ago, which on the surface, can indicate that the business has become more efficient at generating these returns. The reduction could indicate that the company is selling some assets, and considering returns are up, they appear to be selling the right ones.

In Conclusion...

From what we've seen above, SolarWinds has managed to increase it's returns on capital all the while reducing it's capital base. Astute investors may have an opportunity here because the stock has declined 58% in the last three years. So researching this company further and determining whether or not these trends will continue seems justified.

SolarWinds does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for SolarWinds that you might be interested in.

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