Digia Oyj (HEL:DIGIA): What Are Investors Earning On Their Capital?

The content of this article will benefit those of you who are starting to educate yourself about investing in the stock market and looking to gauge the potential return on investment in Digia Oyj (HEL:DIGIA).

Digia Oyj stock represents an ownership share in the company. As a result, your investment is being put to work to fund operations and if you want to earn an attractive return on your investment, the business needs to be making an adequate amount of money from the funds you provide. You need to pay attention to this because your return on investment is linked to dividends and internal investments to improve the business, which can only occur if the company is expected to produce adequate earnings with the capital that has been provided. To understand Digia Oyj’s capital returns we will look at a useful metric called return on capital employed. This will tell us if the company is growing your capital and placing you in good stead to sell your shares at a profit.

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ROCE: Explanation and Calculation

Choosing to invest in Digia Oyj comes at the cost of investing in another potentially favourable company. Accordingly, before you invest you need to assess the capital returns that the company has produced with reference to a certain benchmark to ensure that you are confident in the business’ ability to grow your capital at a level that grants an investment over other companies. A good metric to use is return on capital employed (ROCE), which helps us gauge how much income can be created from the funds needed to operate the business. This metric will tell us if Digia Oyj is good at growing investor capital. I have calculated Digia Oyj’s ROCE for you below:

ROCE Calculation for DIGIA

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = €3.3m ÷ (€87m – €34m) = 7.4%

The calculation above shows that DIGIA’s earnings were 7.4% of capital employed. This shows Digia Oyj provides a dull capital return that is below the 15% ROCE that is typically considered to be a strong benchmark. Nevertheless, if DIGIA is clever with their reinvestments or dividend payments, investors can still grow their capital but may fall behind other more attractive opportunities in the market.

HLSE:DIGIA Last Perf December 7th 18
HLSE:DIGIA Last Perf December 7th 18

What is causing this?

DIGIA doesn’t return an attractive amount on capital, but this will only continue if the company is unable to increase earnings or decrease current capital requirements. So it is important for investors to understand what is going on under the hood and look at how these variables have been behaving. Looking at the past 3 year period shows us that DIGIA weakened investor return on capital employed from 11%. The movement in the earnings variable over this time shows a fall from €3.6m to €3.3m whilst capital employed has increased due to an increase in total assets employed , which means the company’s ROCE has shrunk as a result of falling earnings and simultaneous increases in capital requirements.

Next Steps

Digia Oyj’s ROCE has decreased in the recent past and is currently at a level that makes us question whether the company is capable of providing a suitable return on investment. However, it is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation. Digia Oyj’s fundamentals can be explored with the links I’ve provided below if you are interested, otherwise you can start looking at other high-performing stocks.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DIGIA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DIGIA’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is DIGIA worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether DIGIA is currently undervalued by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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