Returns On Capital Signal Tricky Times Ahead For Rogers (NYSE:ROG)

Rogers Corporation +2.57%

Rogers Corporation

ROG

109.16

+2.57%

What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'd want to identify a growing return on capital employed (ROCE) and then alongside that, an ever-increasing base of capital employed. Put simply, these types of businesses are compounding machines, meaning they are continually reinvesting their earnings at ever-higher rates of return. Although, when we looked at Rogers (NYSE:ROG), it didn't seem to tick all of these boxes.

Return On Capital Employed (ROCE): What Is It?

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

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

0.06 = US$85m ÷ (US$1.5b - US$116m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2023).

Thus, Rogers has an ROCE of 6.0%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Electronic industry average of 12%.

Check out our latest analysis for Rogers

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NYSE:ROG Return on Capital Employed December 30th 2023

In the above chart we have measured Rogers' 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 report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

When we looked at the ROCE trend at Rogers, we didn't gain much confidence. Over the last five years, returns on capital have decreased to 6.0% from 9.8% five years ago. However it looks like Rogers might be reinvesting for long term growth because while capital employed has increased, the company's sales haven't changed much in the last 12 months. It's worth keeping an eye on the company's earnings from here on to see if these investments do end up contributing to the bottom line.

The Key Takeaway

To conclude, we've found that Rogers is reinvesting in the business, but returns have been falling. Unsurprisingly, the stock has only gained 35% over the last five years, which potentially indicates that investors are accounting for this going forward. As a result, if you're hunting for a multi-bagger, we think you'd have more luck elsewhere.

Rogers does have some risks though, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Rogers that you might be interested in.

While Rogers 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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