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. Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. So when we looked at Leon's Furniture (TSE:LNF) 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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Leon's Furniture:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)
0.17 = CA$268m ÷ (CA$2.2b - CA$673m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2022).
Thus, Leon's Furniture has an ROCE of 17%. In absolute terms, that's a pretty normal return, and it's somewhat close to the Specialty Retail industry average of 18%.
See our latest analysis for Leon's Furniture
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Leon's Furniture compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
What Does the ROCE Trend For Leon's Furniture Tell Us?
Investors would be pleased with what's happening at Leon's Furniture. Over the last five years, returns on capital employed have risen substantially to 17%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 30% more capital is being employed now too. This can indicate that there's plenty of opportunities to invest capital internally and at ever higher rates, a combination that's common among multi-baggers.
The Bottom Line On Leon's Furniture's ROCE
All in all, it's terrific to see that Leon's Furniture is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Considering the stock has delivered 11% to its stockholders over the last five years, it may be fair to think that investors aren't fully aware of the promising trends yet. Given that, we'd look further into this stock in case it has more traits that could make it multiply in the long term.
Since virtually every company faces some risks, it's worth knowing what they are, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Leon's Furniture (of which 1 can't be ignored!) that you should know about.
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