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Investors Will Want ATI's (NYSE:ATI) Growth In ROCE To Persist

Simply Wall St ·  11/10/2023 18:19

To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. So when we looked at ATI (NYSE:ATI) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.

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. To calculate this metric for ATI, this is the formula:

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

0.11 = US$413m ÷ (US$4.7b - US$829m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

Therefore, ATI has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Metals and Mining industry average of 9.9%.

Check out our latest analysis for ATI

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NYSE:ATI Return on Capital Employed November 10th 2023

In the above chart we have measured ATI'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 ATI.

What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us

ATI has not disappointed with their ROCE growth. The figures show that over the last five years, ROCE has grown 49% whilst employing roughly the same amount of capital. Basically the business is generating higher returns from the same amount of capital and that is proof that there are improvements in the company's efficiencies. 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.

What We Can Learn From ATI's ROCE

To sum it up, ATI is collecting higher returns from the same amount of capital, and that's impressive. Since the stock has returned a solid 56% to shareholders over the last five years, it's fair to say investors are beginning to recognize these changes. So given the stock has proven it has promising trends, it's worth researching the company further to see if these trends are likely to persist.

One more thing, we've spotted 1 warning sign facing ATI that you might find interesting.

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