Viohalco's (EBR:VIO) Returns On Capital Are Heading Higher

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 25, 2022
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? Firstly, we'll want to see a proven return on capital employed (ROCE) that is increasing, and secondly, an expanding base of capital employed. 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 Viohalco's (EBR:VIO) returns on capital, so let's have a look.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Just to clarify if you're unsure, ROCE is a metric for evaluating how much pre-tax income (in percentage terms) a company earns on the capital invested in its business. Analysts use this formula to calculate it for Viohalco:

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

0.079 = €217m ÷ (€4.7b - €1.9b) (Based on the trailing twelve months to September 2021).

So, Viohalco has an ROCE of 7.9%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Metals and Mining industry average of 13%.

Check out our latest analysis for Viohalco

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ENXTBR:VIO Return on Capital Employed February 25th 2022

Historical performance is a great place to start when researching a stock so above you can see the gauge for Viohalco's ROCE against it's prior returns. If you're interested in investigating Viohalco's past further, check out this free graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Are Returns Trending?

Viohalco is showing promise given that its ROCE is trending up and to the right. Looking at the data, we can see that even though capital employed in the business has remained relatively flat, the ROCE generated has risen by 96% over the last five years. So our take on this is that the business has increased efficiencies to generate these higher returns, all the while not needing to make any additional investments. It's worth looking deeper into this though because while it's great that the business is more efficient, it might also mean that going forward the areas to invest internally for the organic growth are lacking.

Another thing to note, Viohalco has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 42%. 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. While it's not necessarily a bad thing, it can be beneficial if this ratio is lower.

The Bottom Line

As discussed above, Viohalco appears to be getting more proficient at generating returns since capital employed has remained flat but earnings (before interest and tax) are up. And with the stock having performed exceptionally well over the last five years, these patterns are being accounted for by investors. In light of that, we think it's worth looking further into this stock because if Viohalco can keep these trends up, it could have a bright future ahead.

If you want to continue researching Viohalco, you might be interested to know about the 1 warning sign that our analysis has discovered.

While Viohalco 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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