If you’re looking for a multi-bagger, there’s a few things to 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. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Having said that, from a first glance at Boot Barn Holdings (NYSE:BOOT) we aren’t jumping out of our chairs at how returns are trending, but let’s have a deeper look.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What is it?
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 Boot Barn Holdings is:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.096 = US$63m ÷ (US$892m – US$235m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2020).
Thus, Boot Barn Holdings has an ROCE of 9.6%. Ultimately, that’s a low return and it under-performs the Specialty Retail industry average of 12%.
See our latest analysis for Boot Barn Holdings
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Boot Barn Holdings compares to its prior returns on capital, but there’s only so much you can tell from the past. If you’d like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Boot Barn Holdings.
How Are Returns Trending?
In terms of Boot Barn Holdings’ historical ROCE trend, it doesn’t exactly demand attention. The company has employed 74% more capital in the last five years, and the returns on that capital have remained stable at 9.6%. Given the company has increased the amount of capital employed, it appears the investments that have been made simply don’t provide a high return on capital.
The Key Takeaway
Long story short, while Boot Barn Holdings has been reinvesting its capital, the returns that it’s generating haven’t increased. Yet to long term shareholders the stock has gifted them an incredible 736% return in the last five years, so the market appears to be rosy about its future. Ultimately, if the underlying trends persist, we wouldn’t hold our breath on it being a multi-bagger going forward.
One more thing, we’ve spotted 2 warning signs facing Boot Barn Holdings that you might find interesting.
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