There's Been No Shortage Of Growth Recently For Dayforce's (NYSE:DAY) Returns On Capital

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Did you know there are some financial metrics that can provide clues of a potential multi-bagger? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. Basically this means that a company has profitable initiatives that it can continue to reinvest in, which is a trait of a compounding machine. Speaking of which, we noticed some great changes in Dayforce's (NYSE:DAY) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

If you haven't worked with ROCE before, it measures the 'return' (pre-tax profit) a company generates from capital employed in its business. To calculate this metric for Dayforce, this is the formula:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.037 = US$134m ÷ (US$9.0b - US$5.3b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2023).

So, Dayforce has an ROCE of 3.7%. In absolute terms, that's a low return and it also under-performs the Professional Services industry average of 13%.

Check out our latest analysis for Dayforce

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NYSE:DAY Return on Capital Employed March 30th 2024

In the above chart we have measured Dayforce's prior ROCE against its prior performance, but the future is arguably more important. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free analyst report for Dayforce .

How Are Returns Trending?

We're glad to see that ROCE is heading in the right direction, even if it is still low at the moment. The data shows that returns on capital have increased substantially over the last five years to 3.7%. Basically the business is earning more per dollar of capital invested and in addition to that, 48% 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.

On a separate but related note, it's important to know that Dayforce has a current liabilities to total assets ratio of 59%, which we'd consider pretty high. 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.

What We Can Learn From Dayforce's ROCE

A company that is growing its returns on capital and can consistently reinvest in itself is a highly sought after trait, and that's what Dayforce has. 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 with that in mind, we think the stock deserves further research.

While Dayforce looks impressive, no company is worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic for DAY helps visualize whether it is currently trading for a fair price.

While Dayforce 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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