Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? Amongst other things, we’ll want to see two things; firstly, a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and secondly, an expansion in the company’s 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 Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) 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 Caesars Entertainment:
Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)
0.085 = US$2.6b ÷ (US$33b – US$2.6b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).
So, Caesars Entertainment has an ROCE of 8.5%. On its own, that’s a low figure but it’s around the 9.1% average generated by the Hospitality industry.
Above you can see how the current ROCE for Caesars Entertainment 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 Caesars Entertainment.
What The Trend Of ROCE Can Tell Us
Even though ROCE is still low in absolute terms, it’s good to see it’s heading in the right direction. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 8.5%. The company is effectively making more money per dollar of capital used, and it’s worth noting that the amount of capital has increased too, by 628%. 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 Caesars Entertainment’s ROCE
All in all, it’s terrific to see that Caesars Entertainment is reaping the rewards from prior investments and is growing its capital base. Considering the stock has delivered 28% 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. So exploring more about this stock could uncover a good opportunity, if the valuation and other metrics stack up.
One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Caesars Entertainment (including 2 which are significant) .
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