To find a multi-bagger stock, what are the underlying trends we should look for in a business? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing 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 while Quartix Technologies (LON:QTX) has a high ROCE right now, lets see what we can decipher from how returns are changing.
What Is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?
Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. The formula for this calculation on Quartix Technologies is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.33 = UK£5.7m ÷ (UK£25m - UK£8.1m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2022).
Therefore, Quartix Technologies has an ROCE of 33%. In absolute terms that's a great return and it's even better than the Software industry average of 9.0%.
Check out our latest analysis for Quartix Technologies
In the above chart we have measured Quartix Technologies' 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 Quartix Technologies here for free.
What Can We Tell From Quartix Technologies' ROCE Trend?
There hasn't been much to report for Quartix Technologies' returns and its level of capital employed because both metrics have been steady for the past five years. It's not uncommon to see this when looking at a mature and stable business that isn't re-investing its earnings because it has likely passed that phase of the business cycle. So while the current operations are delivering respectable returns, unless capital employed increases we'd be hard-pressed to believe it's a multi-bagger going forward. On top of that you'll notice that Quartix Technologies has been paying out a large portion (94%) of earnings in the form of dividends to shareholders. These mature businesses typically have reliable earnings and not many places to reinvest them, so the next best option is to put the earnings into shareholders pockets.
The Key Takeaway
Although is allocating it's capital efficiently to generate impressive returns, it isn't compounding its base of capital, which is what we'd see from a multi-bagger. Since the stock has declined 16% over the last five years, investors may not be too optimistic on this trend improving either. Therefore based on the analysis done in this article, we don't think Quartix Technologies has the makings of a multi-bagger.
On a separate note, we've found 2 warning signs for Quartix Technologies you'll probably want to know about.
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