Returns On Capital At DO & CO (VIE:DOC) Paint A Concerning Picture

Published
March 26, 2022
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What are the early trends we should look for to identify a stock that could multiply in value over the long term? 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. Ultimately, this demonstrates that it's a business that is reinvesting profits at increasing rates of return. In light of that, when we looked at DO & CO (VIE:DOC) and its ROCE trend, we weren't exactly thrilled.

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. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for DO & CO:

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

0.068 = €45m ÷ (€871m - €219m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2021).

Therefore, DO & CO has an ROCE of 6.8%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Commercial Services industry average of 11%.

View our latest analysis for DO & CO

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WBAG:DOC Return on Capital Employed March 26th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for DO & CO compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you're interested, you can view the analysts predictions in our free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

How Are Returns Trending?

We weren't thrilled with the trend because DO & CO's ROCE has reduced by 49% over the last five years, while the business employed 48% more capital. However, some of the increase in capital employed could be attributed to the recent capital raising that's been completed prior to their latest reporting period, so keep that in mind when looking at the ROCE decrease. DO & CO probably hasn't received a full year of earnings yet from the new funds it raised, so these figures should be taken with a grain of salt.

The Bottom Line On DO & CO's ROCE

Even though returns on capital have fallen in the short term, we find it promising that revenue and capital employed have both increased for DO & CO. These trends are starting to be recognized by investors since the stock has delivered a 28% gain to shareholders who've held over the last five years. Therefore we'd recommend looking further into this stock to confirm if it has the makings of a good investment.

DO & CO does come with some risks though, we found 3 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...

While DO & CO 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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