What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. With that in mind, we've noticed some promising trends at Franklin Electric (NASDAQ:FELE) so let's look a bit deeper.
What Is 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. To calculate this metric for Franklin Electric, this is the formula:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.19 = US$266m ÷ (US$1.8b - US$433m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2023).
Thus, Franklin Electric has an ROCE of 19%. On its own, that's a standard return, however it's much better than the 12% generated by the Machinery industry.
See our latest analysis for Franklin Electric
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Franklin Electric compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like, you can check out the forecasts from the analysts covering Franklin Electric here for free.
The Trend Of ROCE
Franklin Electric is displaying some positive trends. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 19%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 51% more capital is being employed now too. The increasing returns on a growing amount of capital is common amongst multi-baggers and that's why we're impressed.
What We Can Learn From Franklin Electric's ROCE
All in all, it's terrific to see that Franklin Electric is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. And investors seem to expect more of this going forward, since the stock has rewarded shareholders with a 99% return over the last five years. With that being said, we still think the promising fundamentals mean the company deserves some further due diligence.
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