Does New Look Vision Group Inc.’s (TSE:BCI) ROCE Reflect Well On The Business?

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Today we’ll look at New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSE:BCI) and reflect on its potential as an investment. Specifically, we’re going to calculate its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), in the hopes of getting some insight into the business.

First, we’ll go over how we calculate ROCE. Next, we’ll compare it to others in its industry. And finally, we’ll look at how its current liabilities are impacting its ROCE.

Understanding Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. Generally speaking a higher ROCE is better. Ultimately, it is a useful but imperfect metric. Author Edwin Whiting says to be careful when comparing the ROCE of different businesses, since ‘No two businesses are exactly alike.’

So, How Do We Calculate ROCE?

The formula for calculating the return on capital employed is:

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

Or for New Look Vision Group:

0.10 = CA$32m ÷ (CA$369m – CA$58m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2019.)

Therefore, New Look Vision Group has an ROCE of 10%.

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Does New Look Vision Group Have A Good ROCE?

One way to assess ROCE is to compare similar companies. Using our data, New Look Vision Group’s ROCE appears to be around the 10% average of the Specialty Retail industry. Separate from New Look Vision Group’s performance relative to its industry, its ROCE in absolute terms looks satisfactory, and it may be worth researching in more depth.

We can see that , New Look Vision Group currently has an ROCE of 10%, less than the 15% it reported 3 years ago. So investors might consider if it has had issues recently.

TSX:BCI Past Revenue and Net Income, July 1st 2019
TSX:BCI Past Revenue and Net Income, July 1st 2019

It is important to remember that ROCE shows past performance, and is not necessarily predictive. Companies in cyclical industries can be difficult to understand using ROCE, as returns typically look high during boom times, and low during busts. This is because ROCE only looks at one year, instead of considering returns across a whole cycle. What happens in the future is pretty important for investors, so we have prepared a free report on analyst forecasts for New Look Vision Group.

How New Look Vision Group’s Current Liabilities Impact Its ROCE

Current liabilities are short term bills and invoices that need to be paid in 12 months or less. The ROCE equation subtracts current liabilities from capital employed, so a company with a lot of current liabilities appears to have less capital employed, and a higher ROCE than otherwise. To check the impact of this, we calculate if a company has high current liabilities relative to its total assets.

New Look Vision Group has total assets of CA$369m and current liabilities of CA$58m. Therefore its current liabilities are equivalent to approximately 16% of its total assets. Current liabilities are minimal, limiting the impact on ROCE.

The Bottom Line On New Look Vision Group’s ROCE

This is good to see, and with a sound ROCE, New Look Vision Group could be worth a closer look. New Look Vision Group looks strong on this analysis, but there are plenty of other companies that could be a good opportunity . Here is a free list of companies growing earnings rapidly.

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