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If you're not sure where to start when looking for the next multi-bagger, there are a few key trends you should keep an eye out for. One common approach is to try and find a company with returns on capital employed (ROCE) that are increasing, in conjunction with a growing amount 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 when we looked at LL Flooring Holdings (NYSE:LL) and its trend of ROCE, we really liked what we saw.
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 LL Flooring Holdings is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.11 = US$44m ÷ (US$651m - US$266m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2022).
Therefore, LL Flooring Holdings has an ROCE of 11%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty standard return but compared to the Specialty Retail industry average it falls behind.
In the above chart we have measured LL Flooring Holdings' 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 LL Flooring Holdings here for free.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
We're delighted to see that LL Flooring Holdings is reaping rewards from its investments and is now generating some pre-tax profits. About five years ago the company was generating losses but things have turned around because it's now earning 11% on its capital. In addition to that, LL Flooring Holdings is employing 28% more capital than previously which is expected of a company that's trying to break into profitability. This can tell us that the company has plenty of reinvestment opportunities that are able to generate higher returns.
On a side note, LL Flooring Holdings' current liabilities are still rather high at 41% of total assets. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.
In summary, it's great to see that LL Flooring Holdings has managed to break into profitability and is continuing to reinvest in its business. Given the stock has declined 51% in the last five years, this could be a good investment if the valuation and other metrics are also appealing. With that in mind, we believe the promising trends warrant this stock for further investigation.
On a final note, we found 4 warning signs for LL Flooring Holdings (1 can't be ignored) you should be aware of.
While LL Flooring Holdings isn't earning the highest return, check out this free list of companies that are earning high returns on equity with solid balance sheets.
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